Anti-drug official caught with drugs

2012-02-08 08:03

Cape Town - A senior welfare director responsible for anti-drug programmes has been arrested after he was found in possession of tik straws and drug paraphernalia.

Die Son reported that the Western Cape social development department was investigating the arrest of Dave McNamara outside Senator Park, a notorious Cape Town apartment building, last year.

He appeared in court and the matter was postponed to April.

A department spokesperson said an investigation had been launched and that appropriate action would be taken.

Eyewitness News reports that the ANC called for McNamara to be suspended with immediate effect.

The ANC said it was shocked to hear that a chief director responsible for ant-drug problems had been caught with drugs in his possession. 

  • Liza - 2012-02-08 08:10

    I wonder if the ANC is also shocked that it's president was caught with tax payers money in his possession

      beryl.knipe - 2012-02-08 08:26

      Well said Liza!

      celeste.rsa - 2012-02-08 08:27

      And the ANC isn't trying to score political points here maniza?

      Mlungisi - 2012-02-08 08:29


      Andrew - 2012-02-08 11:15

      Liza is right. It's best the ANC not comment on matters of corruption. It just makes them look ever sillier than normal

  • Donald - 2012-02-08 08:12

    Bwhahahahaha... sorry, i think this is funny

  • Henri - 2012-02-08 08:14

    only following the lead of our goverment, caught with his hand in the cookie jar !!!!!

      maniza.ahoua - 2012-02-08 08:22

      belong to DA

  • Dirk - 2012-02-08 08:16

    Pot, kettle, black?

      Barker - 2012-02-08 10:30


  • MSGRule - 2012-02-08 08:16

    He should be hung by his nuts. Suppose to be helpign the youth and all eh is dogin is ellign drugs back to them. He will get his payback in pollsmoor

  • Craig - 2012-02-08 08:16

    It's always the crusaders that get caught out - the anti-drugs person who gets bust with drugs. The Family Values crusader who gets outed for having a mistress. The anti-gay crusader who gets bust with a rent-boy lover. And so on. It's so common these days it's like a comedy show in slow-release. It's as if the only reason these people speak out against whatever their personal cause is, is to hide the fact that the are hiding a dark secret. And it's usually, but not always a secret that, if outed carefully, would do less damage than trying to hide it. What then does that say about anyone who speaks out so loudly about any particular? Perhaps we need to be wary of the men and women who voluntarily put themselves in the public spotlight, hellbent on supposed social good.

      march54 - 2012-02-08 08:21

      You omitted our all time favourites, Chief of Police taking money from known criminal, Judge caught drunk driving, Chief of Metro crashes car (drunk)...............

  • Vivian - 2012-02-08 08:18

    The ANC was shocked at what actually, once a dodgy bastard always a dodgy bastard, ANC like you these people will do anything for extra money, make a huge example out of this so everyone else knows what the consequences will be if caught doing wrong from people in "high" positions

      Mlungisi - 2012-02-08 08:30


  • Neil - 2012-02-08 08:21

    Further proof that the war on drugs has failed. The authorities have and always will control the drug trade. People are always going to take drugs, why not regulate it, tax it and use the money to educate, treat addiction instead of lining dirty pockets. Just a thought :)

      Yolokazi Lethabo Langeni - 2012-02-08 08:56

      Mmmm... so tempting...

  • Henning - 2012-02-08 08:26

    This has te be the very definition of irony...

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-08 08:27


  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-08 08:31

    not shocked

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-08 08:37

    if you cant beat them.... Suppose its the same as policemen commiting crimes; or politicians engaging in corruption etc etc. nothing new to this country. why are they surpised?

  • Goitseona - 2012-02-08 08:41

    well this is 1 hell of a story,der myt b possible 4 d ANC 2 call for his suspension,dts very rich cumin 4rm dem,how many of their officials have been clouded wit scandals like this?even their spouses but they never get suspended.take the minister of intelligence 4 example.

      Jeffrey - 2012-02-08 09:30

      The ANC have a minister of intelligence? Now there's a contradiction in terms...

  • John - 2012-02-08 08:45

    Why all we are not somehow surprised of news as such? Dave McNamara.... Thank you for showing care and conscientiousness in your duties!

  • Mouldy - 2012-02-08 08:46

    Nice, now throw the book at him.

  • pws69 - 2012-02-08 08:48

    The irony. Justice must be swift, and harsh.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-08 08:57

    Lol u gotta love our country, we never short of drama, if he's DA, major ammunition for ANC.

  • Peter - 2012-02-08 09:00

    Cheryl Cwele, Cheryl Cwele, Cheryl Cwele, Cheryl Cwele. How about some feedback. Has this case gone quiet ??? Looks like it.

  • Cameronl - 2012-02-08 09:01

    what a pathetic cliche. hahaha moron

  • Hendrik - 2012-02-08 09:01

    LMAO - Laughed my ass off.

  • Cameronl - 2012-02-08 09:05

    oh btw dont ppl find it strange that this person carrying "Drug paraphenalia" is a SENIOR welfare director? Why would a senior individual be carrying such things, and I doubt it had anything to do with taking it from a druggie, as we all know the more senior a person in one of our governmental Dept`s the less they actually do WORK! so please spare me the B.S

  • Garth - 2012-02-08 09:05

    Why was my previous comment deleted news24? The anti anc sentiment? The use of the word `sycophant' perhaps? Maybe because I attached the word `criminal' to the USELESS, USELESS ANC?

      John - 2012-02-08 09:40

      Garth, they do that from time to time, I was barred for about a week once. I've seen worse comments than criminal cANCer though.

  • Hermann - 2012-02-08 09:06

    The ANC reaction is purely politicizing the case. Look at their own history in cadre protection.

  • carmelledoualla - 2012-02-08 09:12

    maybe it was the stuff confiscated from druggies

  • Johan - 2012-02-08 09:28

    Not many honest people in this sorry country !

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-08 09:40

    Maybe he is a user. Maybe he was caring an sample around for his next speech. may be he got sucked in by the sh#t. They said that people working with it regularly are the most vulnerable to get sucked in. Even that they see the results they belief they know how to control it/know where to draw the line. I think it will be better if you all concentrate on conquer the problem than play political scoreboards. This is a bastard(drugs) that do not discriminate but destroy everything and everyone.

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