Police catch travelling khat peddler

2011-12-10 08:06

Johannesburg - Police said on Friday that a man was arrested after 60 bundles of khat were found in his minibus in Beaufort West.

Spokesperson Bernadine Steyn said police stopped the vehicle in Donkin Street about 05:30.

"The vehicle was searched during which a suitcase containing the khat with an estimated street value of about R6 000 was seized."

Steyn said the Cape Town man arrested for possession of drugs was expected to appear in the Beaufort West Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The police also stopped and searched two other buses in Beaufort West on Friday.

Six boxes containing 970 bundles of khat with a street value of about R97 000 were found in the luggage compartment of a bus.

When the luggage compartment of another bus was searched, 750 bundles of a type of the drug African khat, with an estimated street value of R75 000, were discovered.

No one was arrested in connection with the haul discovered on either of the buses.

All three vehicles were travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

  • Susanna - 2011-12-10 08:48

    We could have had khatkoppe instead of tikkoppe...

  • James - 2011-12-10 09:13

    khat is a shrub grown quite a bit here in Kenya and also in Ethiopia. In both countries it is legal. Mostly it is supplied to the Arabic countries e.g. Egypt, Saudi, Yemen etc. Its active ingradient is cathinone. It is used to create wakefulness and a meditative frame of mind and asns uch is really quite harmless. Why the SA govt has made this illegal is anyone's guess - the usual wrongheaded approach to prohibition is only making criminals of otherwise decent people.

      Susanna - 2011-12-10 09:34

      It is actually the druglords and dealers who would like their products be kept illegal. This promotes exclusivity and scarcity. Therefore the high price tags. If it was made legal, productivity would outstrip demand. For example, instead of paying an average of R300 for a gram of cocaine in 2009, one would have paid R14 if it was taxed the way tobacco and alcohol was at the time. In 2009 one would pay 50 USDollar for a kilogram of uncut cocaine in the jungle, about an hour's drive from Cartagena, in Colombia. I am not up to date on current prices as I work overseas most of the time.

      sachasea - 2011-12-10 15:00

      Khat or 'Bushman's tea' has a natural distribution, which occurs widespread throughout Southern Africa. Something tells me no one will be getting rid of this plant any time soon.

      Kaapse Klopse - 2014-04-28 17:55

      Apparently 90% of Yemenis use / are addicted to khat... it has destroyed the economy, it suppresses appetite, the folks don't eat as a result of this, and get unhealthy.... it further affects the economy on a large scale as the farmers do not plant, as the people shy away from food.... probably not a good thing....

      Kaapse Klopse - 2014-04-28 17:57

      but good for the phat people! Do i see a klap coming... "Ouch!"

  • Ludwig - 2011-12-10 11:34

    "Why the SA govt has made this illegal is anyone's guess" Keep it illegal!!! Have you seen in Egypt, Saudi and Comoros the way that the people spit after using khat. (They chew the leaves then spit it out.)

  • Jason - 2011-12-15 15:32

    a effing Khatasrophe if you ask me!!

  • Mpupu Mante - 2014-04-28 18:33

    There are many khat farms grown iin Gauteng and definately these too come from RSA.They buy it for about 10rands direct from the farms and sell it between 40 and 50 Rands per bundle, depending how fresh it is.The fresh green leaves are chewed to suck out the juices, then washed down with coke.The leaves have to be fresh, when dry they are not effective .It keeps you awake and your concentration will be at your highest. We used it at varsity during hectic exam times, and it works marvellous. It was nt addictive though.but you need to take a glass of milk should you want to go to withdrawal symptoms far as my experience.Yes, it is illegal in RSA, but in some countries it is readily available.It was recently classified as a drug in the UK, 2013.The Khat grown in Kenya is assumed the best , and used to be a main export after fresh flowers to the UK

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