Cops raid La Mercy dagga plantation

2016-11-03 06:01
Tongaat SAPS uproot dagga trees in Pholani informal settlement in La Mercy.               Photo: supplied

Tongaat SAPS uproot dagga trees in Pholani informal settlement in La Mercy. Photo: supplied

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POLICE in Tongaat destroyed more than 200 dagga trees in La Mercy last week.

However, a fight regarding the illegal dagga cultivation is far from over as the police were unable to make any arrests.

Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie said the dagga plants were planted between the shacks in Pholani­ informal settlement.

She told the Weekly that numerous attempts were made to trace the owner of the dagga plantation, and residents said they didn’t know who the owner might be.

“The police made inquiries, but nobody gave us tangible leads about the owner of the plantation. Police were unable to make arrests and all dagga plants were destroyed,” she said.

Ward councillor Geoff Pullan said: “It seems as though many informal settlements have the same dagga plantation problem. I was in Canelands recently and saw huge dagga trees growing between the shacks.

“We would like to encourage the police to visit the informal settlements more often in order to eradicate dagga plantations.

“The only way the police can win the fight against illegal dagga plantation is to increase patrols in the area,” he said.

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