Drug dealer’s con­science

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Not many peo­ple would openly ad­mit to sell­ing drugs, but Thokoza res­i­dent Happy Nkosi (41) says he can no longer bear to wit­ness the dras­tic af­fect his prod­uct is caus­ing in his com­mu­nity.

He says he wants to stop sell­ing, but tough cir­cum­stances make it im­pos­si­ble to find al­ter­na­tive ways of earn­ing a sus­tain­able in­come. He says he started sell­ing nyaope af­ter com­plet­ing ma­tric and fol­low­ing the death of his par­ents.

“I couldn’t af­ford to study any fur­ther, so I went look­ing for a job for years with­out suc­cess. I de­cided to sell drugs be­cause I had many young sib­lings and later my own chil­dren, who were all de­pen­dent on me for sur­vival.

“It is wrong to sell drugs be­cause these boys are in­ject­ing them­selves with nee­dles and some even die. Most of my cus­tomers are grown men and I don’t sell to young chil­dren.”

He says that, although it af­fects his busi­ness, he en­cour­ages young peo­ple to quit be­cause “nyaope ad­dic­tion is harsh on the hu­man body”.

He says he is irked by cor­rupt po­lice of­fi­cials who steal drugs from small deal­ers and in­tim­i­date them.

“They should stop us­ing the might of the law for their own ben­e­fit. When of­fi­cers raid drug houses like mine, they as­sault us and even choke us be­fore seiz­ing the drugs and cuff­ing us. They take mul­ti­ple kilo­grams of nyaope, but only de­clare one or two tiny bags at the po­lice sta­tion and then sell the rest to other deal­ers.”

Lu­vuyo Nab­ula (28) from Thokoza, Ekurhu­leni, smokes Man­drax ev­ery day and be­lieves that his ad­dic­tion poses no threat to his life, nor does it af­fect his abil­ity to be a good par­ent.

“I smoke in­danda, but I have a job as a vetkoek maker, which I do well. My daugh­ter, who is in the Eastern Cape, re­ceives any­thing she wants from me de­spite my ad­dic­tion. Right now, I love my life the way it is and I see no rea­son to quit.”

In Mh­lengi Zungu’s sin­gle room, young girls and boys gather for a drug ses­sion ev­ery night. He speaks to City Press while pre­par­ing his fix, say­ing he spends R50 for a sin­gle bag of meth­cathi­none, known as CAT or in­tash on the streets.

Meth­cathi­none is largely un­known in the West, but this white crys­talline pow­der, com­monly known as “poor man’s coke”, has gained pop­u­lar­ity here.

Zungu (29) ad­mits to pre­vi­ously us­ing a va­ri­ety of drugs, and claims to have been us­ing CAT for the past seven years. He har­bours am­bi­tions of quit­ting this habit in the near fu­ture.

HIGH THERE Agnes Sibeko of Katle­hong is seen light­ing her daily morn­ing joint of mar­i­juana

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