Debbie Calitz admits drug use - report

2012-12-15 13:15
Debbie Calitz and her daughter, Kerri-Ann Cross, appear in court. (Gerhard Pretorius, Beeld)

Debbie Calitz and her daughter, Kerri-Ann Cross, appear in court. (Gerhard Pretorius, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz admitted to using dagga, according to a report on Saturday.

"I believe cannabis is medicinal. I have made tea out of it for my asthma," she told the Saturday Star.

Calitz and eight other people appeared on drug-related charges in the Hatfield District Court in Pretoria on Monday.

The matter was postponed to 30 January for further investigation.

Calitz and her former long-term partner Bruno Pelizzari were released from captivity in Somalia almost six months ago, after being held for nearly two years.

She recently released a book regarding her kidnap, titled Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell.

"It is a natural plant and I don't think it should be illegal," Calitz said during her interview with the newspaper.

She would not comment on the court case, but defended the use of dagga after the publication in YOU magazine of a story headlined "Debbie's days of drugs and booze".

"Instead of putting e-tolls on our freeways, legalise cannabis and tax it," she told the Saturday Star.

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