Clean Up Squad, Heaven Defense Force and Katekani have successfully completed over 90 kilometer walk for drug awareness campaign to rid the Tshwane township of Soshanguve drugs.
The three non-government organizations (NGOs) embarked on their fourth annual walk from Johannesburg to Soshanguve, dubbed the Jozi2Sosha walk. Newsnote caught up with one of representatives, Reikhutsitse Mahala on Thursday.
Mahala said socio-economic challenges in Soshanguve are driving young black men to drugs.
“We are mentally enslaved by the challenges we face on a daily basis. I personally went to school with them, and I'm no exception. I know drug users and always say to people that it could have been me too. I was fortunate enough that I chose a good path and I stuck to it. But most of my peers have had challenges that they have encountered, hence I can relate with them and their plight,” said Malala.
“They are victims of the ripple effects of the socio-economic challenges. So we are being advocates for people who have had the short end of the stick,” he added.
The group submitted a memorandum of demands to City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality on Wednesday. They are demanding a skills development centre and a drug rehabilitation centre.
The Jozi2Sosha drug awareness walk is an annual event to raise awareness to get 40 people addicted to drugs on a rehabilitation programme.