Drug dealer’s conscience
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