Rastafarian family in court over dagga

2012-08-20 20:34

Cape Town - A Rastafarian man, his wife and teenage daughter appeared in the Simon's Town Magistrate's Court in Cape Town on Monday on charges of dealing in dagga.

Gareth Prince, 43, his wife Juanita Adams, 40, and their daughter, Samantha Jeromine Adams, 19, appeared before Magistrate Crystal McKenna.

The matter was postponed to 23 October and they were not asked to plead.

Prince had a previous conviction on two counts of dagga possession. His criminal record prevented him from adding his name to the roll of duly-admitted attorneys from the Cape Law Society in 2002.

The Princes live in Glen Cairn Heights with their four children. He works as a legal consultant for an NGO.

At their first court appearance on June 7, on the charge of dealing in dagga, defence attorney Naven Pillay explained to the court that Prince used dagga strictly on a religious basis.

Prosecutor William Daniel told the court their appearance was the result of a police raid on their family's home on June 6. Police, responding to a tip-off, seized 81 dagga plants and 500g of dried dagga with an estimated street value of R100 000, the prosecutor told the court.

Prince was out on R2 000 bail, while his wife and daughter were out on R500 bail each.

  • warrick.noble1 - 2012-08-21 10:03

    I'm sure police have better things to be worrying about, like catching the real criminals maybe? Leave the poor family alone...

  • Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 10:09

    We could all avoid this waste of tax-payers money if it was just legalised.

  • sachasea - 2012-08-21 16:08

    15 December 2000 * BID TO LEGALISE DAGGA FOR RASTAFARIANS FAILS - (RSA) Candidate attorney Gareth Anver Prince has lost a bid to have the Constitutional Court decrimalise the use of dagga (marijuana) by followers of the Rastafarian faith. The court ruled on Tuesday 12 December that both the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Rastafarians had failed to provide enough evidence for judgement. The Rastafarians were given leave until January 24 to provide additional evidence on how dagga would be controlled within their religious activities. The Director of Public Prosecutions was given until February 14 to elaborate on how the legalisation of dagga would impact on crime prevention. The matter was brought to the Constitutional Court after Gareth Prince, Cape Town Rastafarian lawyer, was prevented from practising as an attorney because he was convicted for the possession of dagga. In May this year, the Appeal Court dismissed Prince's contention that legislation prohibiting dagga use and possession violates his constitutional right to freedom of religion.

      sachasea - 2012-08-21 16:08

      However, the Constitutional Court found that such legislation was imposed to safeguard society as a whole and making an exemption for Rastafarians would not leave the public adequately protected. (Natal Witness `Echo', 14 December; SABC News, 12 December) Doctors for Life President, Dr van Eeden, praised the ruling and said that DFL had provided the State Attorney with over a thousand pages of evidence against the legalisation of dagga.

  • charlie.charles.5872 - 2012-08-21 19:27

    What a complete waste of time and money, in the time spent on taking down this rastafarian, who knows 10 , 20 , 30 people got addicted to tik during that period? fools..

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