9-year-old sold drugs at school

2013-04-02 08:36

Pretoria - The availability of drugs at primary schools has come under the spotlight after a 9-year-old boy from Centurion was caught selling drugs to primary and high school children.

“The pupil was selling drugs for his mother and father,” Tshwane metro police inspector Sidney de Wet told Beeld.

He said Grade 7 learners were often culprits at primary schools where drugs were used.

The most popular drugs for sale were dagga and nyope.

Inspector De Wet said many primary schools were naïve about drug problems.

"The schools often don’t know which signs to look out for – like dagga, which makes eyes turn red, nyope which brings about sleepiness and Cat, which makes users aggressive.”

He said teachers and parents should look out for plastic bags that can be sealed as well as containers and even sorbet bags which are used to carry drugs.

An educational expert from the University of the Free State confirmed that many primary school children used drugs.

“What I have seen is that many primary schools have children who use drugs. It is not all the primary schools,” said Dr Lynette Jacobs.

She said a study of high school pupils in Gauteng, the Free State and the Eastern Cape revealed that 58% regularly used dagga at school while 38% said other drugs were used on school property.


  • Sanchez Real Govere Sancho - 2013-04-02 08:42


      susan.paul.330 - 2013-04-02 09:34

      I am shocked, what parent does this? making their child a dealer from such a young age, lock them up...

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-04-02 10:20

      This wouldn't have happened if there was no demand for it in at the school.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-04-02 10:20

      How dare these parents do this! I am shocked. Get that child into a place of safety as soon as possible.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-02 11:00

      This has been happening for years already. Our inability to deal with this from the authorities side, as well as from the parental side needs addressing. Teach your children well, because if there is no demand, the dealers won't be around. But then again, it is so widely available in Malls and on the streets, why not schools? No surprises there.

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2013-04-02 08:44

    Surely the parents should be arrested for child abuse and the child should be moved to a place of safety?

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 09:15

      Alicialouise my sentiments exactly that's why my children live in New Zealand. Its hard for us not to see them but rather that than this.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-04-02 09:22

      Lynn I'm sorry to burst your bubble but drugs are a major problem in Australia and NZ!

      moi.carla.1980 - 2013-04-02 09:53

      Lynn, you're deluding yourself if you think that drugs are not a problem in New Zealand. It's a huge issue at the schools there. This is not a uniquely South African problem. This is happening at schools all over the world.

      Joe Black - 2013-04-02 10:19

      It boils down to bad parency.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-02 11:06

      Now this is where government agencies fail our citizens, and do not for one moment think Lotto will come to the rescue, they rather support youth parties where this problems are a perfect venue for the distribution of these products. Our social system needs a total make-over, and we need to free ourselves from this government and its failed programs and structures

      bibi.vanzyl - 2013-04-02 12:59

      @Lyn: it is very naive to think that the school drug culture is a South African problem. Drugs are available in all school all over the world. I have various friends who are working/emigrating overseas - from Vietnam, USA, Switzerland and Australia - and they all complain about exactly that. You can only educate your kids about modern day pressures.

  • cj.venter - 2013-04-02 08:45

    throw his parents in jail!

      Mable Jacobs - 2013-04-02 09:16

      kill the parents

      HerpDerp - 2013-04-02 11:12

      I actually agree with Jacobs. What right do the parents have to still be living when they are destroying their own childs life?? HANG THEM!!

  • Peter Ndamase - 2013-04-02 08:45

    We are so screwed!!!

      Chez Kri - 2013-04-02 08:49

      I was just thinking the same thing. When I was in high school (ok so it was long ago, in the 70's) we were too scared to smoke cigarettes on the school grounds. These are our future leaders!! Heaven help us

      Sandra Rennie - 2013-04-02 22:26

      Chez kri Have to agree with you. If you got caught smoking in the school grounds or toilets in 1970, you got caned (now called corporal punishment) by the headmaster. Now you can sell drugs, smoke drugs, carry weapons and no corporal punishment ! Pathetic really ! Where's the discipline gone to ?

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2013-04-02 08:46

    Whether parents want to know it or not, drugs are available in all schools. State and private. Poor and rich. Educate your kids and do not blame the government, teachers and friends.

  • arthur.motsamai - 2013-04-02 08:50


  • Mike Hansonn - 2013-04-02 08:52

    Future civil servants.

  • Bomkazi KaMurray - 2013-04-02 08:53

    Some parents do not diserve to have kids!! Where is this world going too?? :-(...

  • Love Ness - 2013-04-02 08:58

    Parental failure, and this vermin is free to breed even more - we are screwed!

  • Neil Moorgas - 2013-04-02 08:58

    The parents should be charged, convicted and sentenced to jail for child abuse, dealing in drugs and tax evasion.

  • Jacques - 2013-04-02 09:03

    With all this going on, I'm starting to think the only chance a kid of today has is: home schooling or the whole family should emmigrate.

      Karl Styane - 2013-04-02 09:10

      Emmigrate to where? You think sout africa is the only country with a drug problem ? People can't just emmigrate every time a problem arises.

      Jacques - 2013-04-02 09:39

      True, but it used to be an issue of security. Then quality of education on top of that. Then healthcare... So if you can afford private everything, fine. I plan on staying and starving to put my kids through private school here one day. But if you can't do that...

      Lfc Jevon Johnson - 2013-04-02 10:25

      As long as when you immigrate you dont think you have a say on South Africa anymore, because you dont.

  • msemido.sam - 2013-04-02 09:05

    Lets work together in order to fight this tradegy

      HerpDerp - 2013-04-02 11:12

      good idea. lets start by getting the ANC out of power first ^-^

  • Karl Styane - 2013-04-02 09:06

    The parents of that child should be shot. What disgraceful people and absolute cowards , selling drugs to kids !!!! Hardly such a thing as bad children , most of the time its bad parents

  • Bulelwa Bubu Maphanga - 2013-04-02 09:06

    what kind of parents makes a 9 year old sell drugs sies man

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-04-02 10:23

      I would very much like for the person who is "thumbs downing" the comment stating that parents getting there kids to sell drugs is NOT wrong to comment on this page. I am interested in what kind of argument they could put forward that this is acceptable behaviour.

  • Trevor Mashilo - 2013-04-02 09:16

    I am shocked

  • Jandré Nieuwoudt - 2013-04-02 09:21

    You've got to give it to the little entrepreneur...

      Clifford Warren de Vries - 2013-04-02 12:06

      Ja, I bet he wouldn't of made any money selling chocolates and coldrinks. He's most probably going to become a very rich man later in life.

      IantheJ - 2013-04-02 13:58

      Probably get beaten up by his so-called parents if he did not do what they are making him do!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-04-03 07:19

      Yes Clifford, the richest guy in the prison

  • Nonhle Mogane - 2013-04-02 09:22

    those parents need to die. a 9 year old should be learning and playing not selling drugs

      brianmacza - 2013-04-02 09:29

      Social services are already stressed to breaking point - what would happen to the kids? Their life is shocking now, but would likely be far worse in a foster situation.

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-04-02 09:25

    It all starts with dicipline. in this case the grandparents. Look at the kids not using drugs. I take my hat off for their parents.

  • mfanah.radebe - 2013-04-02 09:37

    Why call them parents,they are worse than dogs no no dogs are better they can take .cr of thr own.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-02 09:45

    The best way to nip this in the bud is for school staff to accept that this is probably happening in their school as well and take strict measures when it does happen. I have found that many parents refuse to believe that their darling children may be doing something wrong. My experience is that no matter how well you bring up your kids, bad things happen. My motto - never say never.

  • Francois Conradie - 2013-04-02 09:47

    Send the children to jail because they are anyways gonna end up murderers of rapists if they start this early, take the parents too. I think they should take those kids to jail to show them the life inside a prison, some are gonna say now it is like a holiday and so fourth but no it is not, you get told everyday of your life when to eat, when to sleep, when to go outside, when to go inside, that is not a wonderfull life.

  • Karin Coetzer Swanepoel - 2013-04-02 09:48

    1 of the reasons Schools should be allowed to discipline or expel kids and have the authority to hand out punishment! Die kind kort 'n damn goeie pakslae!

  • Mamokwee Rathipa - 2013-04-02 09:49

    I have a dog that behave far much better than the parents who send their children to sell drugs at school.

  • Ceba Mlandu - 2013-04-02 09:50


  • makgoana.mamabolo - 2013-04-02 09:50

    Someone tell me this is April fool/joke, what are we becoming, this boy and girl don't worth parentwood.

  • Lusanda Isaac - 2013-04-02 09:52

    The drugs problem is escalating. This had to be the youngest drug-mule ever.

  • Mora Mthonyama - 2013-04-02 09:57

    everything in our country is just spiraling out of control really!! A 9year old selling drugs...unthinkable! its hard to find positive things these days except waking up to horrific stories of rape, hit and run, kids selling drugs, reckless police and worst part of all a president that is in denial about the state of affairs in this country not mention the criminals who have more freedom than law abiding citizens!!! what a shame...

  • Bernard Nienaber - 2013-04-02 10:01

    Its all Zuma and the cANCer's fault, this would never have happened in our beloved apartheid years...LOL

      ltmodise - 2013-04-02 10:13

      You are really a moron to think of bringing back apartheid, I'm not an ANC fan but do you think if DA was the rulling party there wouldn't be drug mules or drug addicts???

      Cleopatra Rakgantsho-Legend - 2013-04-02 10:25

      You can't possibly be serious. I hope that 'LOL' means you're joking otherwise you need to get the hell out of South Africa. Your comments and thoughts do nothing to help or uplift the country.

      Boitshoko Seothaeng - 2013-04-02 10:26

      not true, i know someone who is in his thirties who had dagga at the age of 8

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-04-02 12:50

      Thought I'd be racist for a change, seems to be the daily trend on these pages....

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2013-04-02 10:05

    Say WHAT?

  • Ntobane Setabola - 2013-04-02 10:08

    The cost of living is too high,everyone must bring something in the house for a living. Just as we introduced sex education in schools so should be how to make a living for our families... Charity begins while young!

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-04-02 11:48

      I hope that you are joking about this, because this statement is sick.

      Debbie Bath-Ray - 2013-04-02 15:47

      Ntobane Setabola - You clearly have no brains and I feel sorry for any children you may have or may be thinking of having. Next you will be saying that we should legalise child labour / child pornography and Paedophilia to name a few.....


  • Kester Chuks - 2013-04-02 10:10

    just imagine the kind of parent in our society.snd both 2 jail

  • Rofhiwa Abby Roro Nepfumbada - 2013-04-02 10:24

    Ohh dear God, "stolen" childhood. This must be one of the worst parents ever.

  • Ushir Sahdao - 2013-04-02 10:28

    I find it strange that people blame government for this. You can argue the current socioeconomic conditions for drug peddling but ultimately the responsibility falls with the parents. Do not have kids if you cannot teach them to differentiate between right from wrong. You cannot isolate your kids from what's happening no matter what you try but you can teach them the basics to protect them from the real world. Responsible parenting people!

  • Maserame Madingwane - 2013-04-02 10:34

    this is sad

  • Maserame Madingwane - 2013-04-02 10:35


  • Pule S Vic - 2013-04-02 10:48

    The hustle

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  • Christiana Vespucci - 2013-04-02 11:23

    I'd like to see the fathers willy cut up in public so that he could stop breeding. And the mothers ovaries and womb taken out and buried 5000 feets deep. Disguting how lazy south Africans have become! They would rather prefer to sell drugs, and stand on the street corners and beg for money, instead of getting up their useless back sides! And go work hard for a living.

  • Mike Sparks - 2013-04-02 12:21

    And corporal punishment was taken away why? when will government and society wake up, since they took discipline out of schools and homes all this cr@p is happening, we never had drugs and guns in school? I got plenty hidings at home and school and i didnt turn into a mass murderer or even aggressive at all. Time to catch a wake up!

      Jb Frylinck - 2013-05-16 14:40

  • Mojay Jabulani Mooi - 2013-04-02 13:44

    Natural born hustler

  • Phahla Matwa - 2013-04-02 15:36

    Its bad parenting

  • Siboniso Mathenjwa - 2013-04-02 15:43

    clever young business man

  • Phill Sarefa - 2013-04-02 17:09

    Father of Rastafarianism must be very angry. This is an abuse of their religion. I mean If the boy had smoked it but never sold any I would understand.

  • Olwethu Olz Ngcanga - 2013-04-02 22:08

    some people dont deserve to be parents how could they do such a thing shame on them

  • Jopseph Khambule - 2013-04-03 07:45

    Is that a real son, step son, adopted son or an employee son? He is already earning for his life. What will that innocent child grow up to be after being exposed to such immoral act at that age. Learning business antics from beloved parents, irresponsible and destructive lessons. Maybe is PARENTAL LOVE

  • Ntsika Nkabinde - 2013-04-03 07:59

    if there is a demand, they will be supply its a simple entreprenuership concept, regardless of the goods sold, Brilliant teach them while they are young this Kid will be successfull in when he grows up, he now understand the business concept

  • Benita O'Brien Fulde - 2013-04-03 08:11


  • Rhyno Vermaak - 2013-04-03 08:27

    At least you can't argue with his entrepreneurial spirit...

  • Mfundo Jacobs - 2013-04-03 08:31

    The was a demand, and he supplied. He's a business man!

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-04-03 08:36

    Sometimes the hand that rocks the cradle ruins the lives of the young due to their own pigish agenda.

  • YoungOpinion - 2013-04-03 08:54

    "She said a study of high school pupils in Gauteng, the Free State and the Eastern Cape revealed that 58% regularly used dagga at school while 38% said other drugs were used on school property." I fail to really wrap my head around these "statistics" - which yes, we all know are there to add a "scare factor". Essentially, if 58% of kids smoke marijuana at school, and 38% have done other drugs on school property, that leaves a mere 4% of children that are essentially "clean". That means that in a school of 1000 kids, only 40 (+- one single class) are not doing narcotics at school. Is there perhaps a link to this study? Those stats seem scary, if indeed true - but I highly doubt they can be.

      Jb Frylinck - 2013-05-16 14:40