n Acta Criminologica : African Journal of Criminology & Victimology - Illicit drug use in selected high schools in Mamelodi Township

Volume 2015 Number sed-3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


Tik, tuk, crystal, straws, globes, ganja, coke, snackies, white lady, acid, crack are all street names for various illegal drugs in South Africa. Nyaope or whoonga, depending on the geographical location in South Africa, seems to be the latest version and is attracting school children and extremely young first-time drug users. Ten years ago, no one knew about nyaope, but now the drug is a hit in most townships in South Africa including Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi. Nyaope is a mixture of dagga, heroin and other substances including antiretroviral drugs. Today, the scourge is taking hold of the community Mamelodi and other townships. This research is an outcome of a Community Engagement Project undertaken by the representatives of the College of Law at the University of South Africa. The project started in 2012 and was completed in 2014. Fourteen public high schools situated in Mamelodi were involved in this project. The aim of the project was to sensitise the school kids about the dangers of drugs, as well as testing their knowledge about the dangers of using drugs.

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