Dagga-tree discovery story gains momentum

2016-04-21 06:00
PHOTO: supplied SAPS members in the dagga plantation.

PHOTO: supplied SAPS members in the dagga plantation.

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WITH 219 comments, 121 reactions, almost over 200 shares and engaging with more than 66 000 Facebook users, a story about SAPS destroying 6 500 dagga trees in Umzinto has gained popularity on the Fever Facebook page.

The comments however, are not of praise for the SAPS on their sterling work, rather it tells them to “fight real crime” and to “find real criminals”, sometimes in harsh words.

Nearly all the comments stated it would boost the country’s economy if cannabis was legalised and the police were just looking for publicity by circulating the press release.

A reader commented (sic): “Captain Vincent Pandarum clearly needs to do some research! Which families and lives have been destroyed by dagga? I cannot think of any personally. Alcohol on the other hand has destroyed by far the most families and lives than all other drugs combined (legal and illegal). Why not rather focus your limited law enforcement resources on combating the scourge of alcohol abuse and violence in our society? Oh no wait you can’t or won’t because it’s legal, socially acceptable and the government makes so much money on its sale. This is the height of hypocrisy!”

That comment gained 199 likes.

“If the cops would stick to patrolling the streets and not gardening this country would be a safer place for all!!” earned 105 likes.

Others spoke about how cannabis helped with pain relief for those with cancer and even osteoarthritis.

One person even created a meme from the picture posted with the story that SAPS is now offering garden services.

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