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Drugs and addiction in South Africa and especially within the Indo-South Africans is an unspoken issue and over 60% of crime in South Africa is drug-related.  In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet Gerald Moodley, a former narcotics addict who has experienced their damaging side effects and now, 8 years in sobriety, he speaks of his remarkable road to recovery and his advice to others suffering from substance abuse. It is a raw, courageous account of life as an addict and the gift of a new start.

In South Africa, the impact drugs have on the South Asian community is immense but not something we openly talk about.  Alcoholism has almost become normalised yet narcotics is misunderstood and blamed on the evil eye or curses.

Whether in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto, Durban, Pretoria or small towns around the country – South Africa as a whole is facing a major problem with drug abuse.  The United Nations has named South Africa as one of the drug capitals of the world and some officials believe that the current drug problem could be a much larger problem for the country than the AIDS epidemic.

When you’re addicted to drugs, you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause.  Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.

A special thank you to our guest for sharing his experience with us.

What is your experience with substance abuse? Has it affected you or others around you? Have you sought help? Share your comments below.

About Gerald Moorley:

Gerald came to our platform via a referral to shed light on narcotics and its affect on the Indian community in South Africa. He is a member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa, is in sobriety and now mentors former addicts. Having been in the depths of despair himself, he knows first hand the horrific circumstances many face.

About the Global Indian Series:

Rajan Nazran is the chief chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable global community.

Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!

Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.

Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express, OWM, Manager, ABC and many more.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode details:

Episode: 39
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Gerald Moorley
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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