Premier's son sent for drug rehab

2012-03-15 20:24

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's son, Africa, pleaded guilty to a drug-related offence in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

"Africa is to undergo drug rehabilitation with immediate effect," the premier's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said.

He was unable to give details on the nature of the crime.

The premier was satisfied the law has taken its course, Mngambi said.

"Africa has owned up to the crime and accepted responsibility. He will be seeking professional help."

  • Tanie - 2012-03-15 21:13


      Dirk - 2012-03-16 06:49

      There are many criminals hiding in re-habs.

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 08:07

      @ Oom Kriel, rehab is a safer alternative to prison. Prison time would most defintely result in exposure to further drugs, violence, etc. while also having ones life crippled forever with a criminal record.

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 08:09

      @ Dirk: Why is a drug user who harms no one other themselves a criminal? It sucks that they have a debilitating addiction, but is this really grounds to be a criminal? There are millions of other people out there who suffer from self harming addictions such as food, tobacco, alchohol, sugar, caffeine, etc, etc, etc. Are these people also criminals?

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 09:44

      @Leonard: Should Africa or anyone other person, irrespective of drug use or not, assault or harm someone other than themselves they should be subject to the law with rehab not being an option... no exceptions. So long as a drug user or abuser limits harm to themselves, they should not be imprisoned.

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 10:26

      @Leonard: As far as I can judge from the news reports, it was possesion of heroin.

  • Jurie - 2012-03-15 21:16

    "The fathers' sins will be visited upon their children". This looks like the sons' sins being visited upon their parents.

  • Fiona - 2012-03-15 21:18

    My sympathies to the premier - so much of this is happening to South Africa's youth, regardless of their family background. I hope that Nomvula Mokonyane can use the experience to promote drug rehab efforts and to speak out against drugs. If Africa Mokonyane can successfully make use of his rehab opportunity, he can turn this around for himself and become a positive force for good by carrying a message to the youth not to fall into drug use in the first place.

      Kolobe - 2012-03-16 05:58

      didnt expect that kind of a comment from a white person on news24, big up!

      mmakgaboe - 2012-03-16 07:27

      You know what Fiona, you have put it well. It really doesn't matter where you come from, drugs victimize anyone and i also think the premier should make use of this sad situation in order to bring relief to those without many options when victimized by drugs. Despite her blunders and all, we really should think of her as a mother to Africa right now. I do not want to believe that she did anything wrong to try raise him well.

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 08:04

      Agreed Fiona, but let's take it one step further. Let's educate about the dangers of drugs while providing those who do get addicted the option of a safe means of treatment rather than painting them into a corner with the prospect of being arrested and getting a criminal record or prison time.

      ttrevenen - 2012-03-16 12:03

      @ Fiona Nice comment - he is entitled to receive a second chance regardless of whom his parents are. I hope he succeeds in turning his life around for the better.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-15 21:21

    "The premier was satisfied the law has taken its course, Mngambi said". The premier is satisfied. Long live the premier. That is all we need to know.

      luytster - 2012-03-15 22:00

      As she jumped back into her R1,5 mill Merc and swanned off to her next appointment her blue light brigade pushing and shooting at her employers. Whahahahahahahahahahah dont you just love politicians.

  • Louise - 2012-03-16 00:30

    Is this news?

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-03-16 04:50

    No doubt he'll be admitted to the finest, most expensive, rehab in this country. Now, what about the thousands of glue-sniffing, alcoholic, crack-head, coke-snorting street kids who cannot afford rehab? Huh? What about them? Who cares about them? And this is news?

      Buzz - 2012-03-16 08:01

      Agreed, a clear double standard when the law needs to be applied for politicians and their loved ones. Clearly she can see the logic in rehab instead of prison, let's see if she applies this same line of thought when it is not her loved ones staring down the barrel of imprisonment.

  • Buzz - 2012-03-16 07:58

    Come on Madam minister, submit your son to reality thousands of of non-violent South African drug users face.... prison. The War on Drugs has been an epic fail. Going forward, let's see you promoting treatment of the occasional addict instead of trying to arrest arrest every user... just as you have for your son. I truly hope that you gain something from this experience and get some insight on what it is like for those who do not have the money or political weight to get there loved ones into rehab instead of prison.

  • TBlogger - 2012-03-16 08:30

    Yeah Yeah.. well guess what.. drug problem or not, he'll probably land up being part of the government one day.. Ho Hum..

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-16 08:32

    Retlabusa Africa

  • christian.helberg - 2012-03-16 09:37

    shouldnt a prison sentance be in order?

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 09:58

    Why should his crime not be named? Everyone elses is and it is in the interest of the public. Nice expensive rehab-Daddy cleans up the mess and 6 months down the line he is at it again!

  • Makua - 2012-03-16 10:01

    irresponsible parent this nomvula! one son committed suicide and another one to go to rehab? does she have no time for he kids, always in ANC meeetings

      drishworth - 2012-03-16 11:02

      @Makua, you have a point - I didn't know about the son who committed suicide. My sympathies go to parents and families who are battling with family members who have a drug problem - it must be a frustrating, energy draining journey - but I'm of the opinion that dysfunctional children are usually the product of dysfunctional parents. I hope Africa wins his battle.

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