Alleged dealers in court over R2.6m dagga

2012-11-03 14:00

Johannesburg - Thirteen people who were found with R2.6m worth of dagga appeared in two separate courts in the Northern Cape, the Hawks said on Saturday.

Captain Paul Ramoloko said 11 of the people who were arrested appeared in the Kakamas Magistrate's Court on Friday and remained in custody until their next court appearance on 9 November.

He said the other two, a man and his alleged female client, appeared in the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate's Court.

"The dealer was released on R8 000 bail whereas his client was released on R2 000 bail. They will both be back in court on December 3," Ramaloko said.

Among those arrested were three women and eight men.

The alleged dagga dealers were arrested by Hawks in the early hours of Thursday in Kakamas area of Upington after being found with dagga worth R2.6m.

"The crackdown is the biggest dagga related bust in the area this year," he said.

  • werner.niksch - 2012-11-03 15:05

    whats the point?who's lives was being ruined by this?its a waste of manpower.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-03 15:21

      The idea is to save lives.Welldone SAPS.

      sachasea - 2012-11-03 15:29

      Save lives from something that has never killed a single person since 6000BC and is safer than sugar and caffeine? Yeah okay...

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-03 16:16


      jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-03 16:49

      @johan.jacobs.5680: since not a single death due to cannabis has ever been recorded, how many lives do you reckon were saved in this action? if the SAPS had used that time concentrating on real criminals, like farm murderers, how many lives might have been saved? you really ought to educate yourself on how marijuana is being used medically in order to save lives. google it - you'll be surprised.

      888facebuuk888suck888 - 2012-11-03 18:00

      @johan,jacobs.5680 - tobacco kills 20 000+ year in SA. Dagga, zero. Alcohol kills tens of thousands every year, dagga - zero. Guns kill more than 5000/year, dagga = buzzed and the munchies, all the dagga-koppe are still alive. Truth is, dagga is a mild stimulant with many health benefits. Making criminals by arresting people for dagga is terrible. A criminal record is a life-long brand. A criminal record for dagga is a terrible injustice on a human. Hemp and dagga are wonderful plants and SA will prosper by them.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-11-03 16:19

    Let us be realistc guys,lot of murders from taverns n accidents r results of alcohol,n dagga has no serious repuccusions like it,i don get it from lawmakers,i don do weed,bt if it cn be legalised n regulated things will be much different,alcohol is toxic n ppl r still driving under its influence bt its here to stay,furthermore is costing more lives everyday thn weed,where is de interest of government n transparency?something tht is toxic is legalised n de 1 tht is naturally is nt legalised

      mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-03 17:47

      Their minds didn't get that far to think about it

  • 888facebuuk888suck888 - 2012-11-03 17:32

    Really? The NPAA and the judiciary are a joke... still chasing down dagga sellers. The dagga laws are false laws. While big corporations can grow grow and sell dagga, the man in the street must do time... and for what? We know that dagga is a harmless stimulant. The dagga laws are racist relics supported by lies and half-truths. I appeal to all SAPS in South Africa, do not arrest for dagga, it is wrong to criminalize unjustly.... A few years ago it was illegal to have mixed-marriage, yes, love was illegal and the cops would arrest any 'top-deck' couples. Be better than apartheid police, ignore the false laws, set the dagga dealers free!! Remember, Bob Marley was a wonderful man, he smoked every waking hour. Peter Tosh is also an hourly smoker, a great man. Our own Lucky Dube also smoked dagga every hour, RIP bra Lucky!! Are the gogos of rural SA criminals for growing dagga?? The police unions must support the dagga nation of SA. The police must stand with the people against these false dagga laws. God Bless and thank you

  • darrell.maclennan - 2012-11-03 18:03

    I suppose it's easier to catch dagga dealers than murderers and rapists.

  • SMIL3Y - 2012-11-05 10:35


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