Biography of SWS Founder: Dereleen James

Dereleen James Biography

•    Full Names:                     Dereleen Elana James
•    Current :                        Founder “SHARING WITHOUT SHAME”
•    Focus Areas:                   Prevention, Treatment and Aftercare

Affectionately known to her close family, friends & community as Dee she stands as the sole bread winner in a single headed household which she shares with her elderly mother Joyce Southern aged 74, her recovering substance-user aged 17 and her daughter aged 13 in Eldorado Park.
Dereleen has recently captured the headlines of local and national publications; radio and television networks alike on her plight to get the nation, more especially the government, to listen to her plea as a single mother burdened by the dire effects of the drug epidemic.
James a resident and a mother of a 17 year old who got addicted to tik while at school has had enough and she decided to take on the whole system. After much abuse at the hands of her son, who stole household goods to feed his habit – and the fear of seeing him turn into a violent monster in May 2013 she authored an open letter to the State President of South Africa, addressing him as “Dad”.
The letter went viral on social networks & media publications. She had no idea that this letter would reach the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma who later visited the community of Eldorado Park south of Joburg who has had enough drugs and drug lords parading the community. During this visit, his Excellency expressed the dismay at the disaster and pledged his support by promising to shut down all lolly lounges , the area drug dens. He further asked the Police Minister to look into allegations of police corruption; promised to get by-laws adjusted to drug lords cannot hide behind them; promised to provide better and safe rehabilitation and also promised to provide jobs by getting factories to be built in & around Eldorado Park.
These setbacks spurred James and members of the community on to speak out and get more involved in assisting addicts and their families who suffer with so much stigma, shame, isolation and hopelessness. They are now taking the fight back to the streets and saying: ENOUGH ALREADY!!

Our Twitter Feeds * @stopdrugssa

Member Login Area (Free Access)


Message from Comedian Joey Rasdien

Drugs. There is this song, I think it's the first song of a Dead Prez album where this guy explains how hunters kill wolves in the snow. What the hunters do is put a double edge blade in the snow and Read More

Testimonial from Miss Valocious

Testimonial of “Miss Valocious" 

Miss Valocious being in rehab in 2010 for 4 months, I though he was healed, free, released from drugs. Not knowing that it does not end there. I was not...
Read More

Testimony from Chantall

Good day,  My name is Chantall and I am the mother of a recovering addict. When my son was in addiction I felt as if I was living a nightmare..not knowing whether he was safe or even still alive killed...
Read More

Testimony from Zarina Esterhuizen

Good day SWS Group I'm a single mum and has a 21 year old (son) that has a  weakness (drugs). It has been really tough for me to deal with this on my own It has brought me to a stage where u don’t...
Read More

Testimony from Jerome

My name is Jerome and I am a grateful recovering addict. I am a facilitator at the Sharing Without Shame Support Group, which is held every Wednesday night at Silver Oakes Secondary School at 7pm. Part...
Read More

Testimony from Kenni Gambo

Hi there Dereleen, I just wanted to say thank you for what you and many others are doing in Eldorado Park. It is tragic how  our communities are decimated by...
Read More

Response - Beverly Noble

Laying the foundation for our children's children....very proud of you, you have given us the courage to also fight for our children and never to allow satan to rob us of what God has birthed through...
Read More

Letter from Ronelle Fritz Gabier

Hi Dereleen May 2013 I vividly remember the Sunday march a few weeks ago! I recall how I was sitting in the hairdresser when you walked in and started addressing us, telling us how if we don't sign...
Read More

Testimony from Tyrelle Camp

When I first came to know of sws I thought ahh this is just a place where I would be controlled but soon found that it was the complete opposite which means God sent me with 9 guys to show me how special...
Read More