The new drug mule: Dagga by donkey

2012-04-11 22:46

Durban - Eight men accused of transporting dagga by donkey from Lesotho into South Africa have appeared in the Bergville Magistrate’s Court.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said on Wednesday they would be back in court on April 18.

Five of them - four South Africans and a Lesotho citizen - were arrested on April 4 in the Drakensberg mountains for being in possession of dagga worth about R1.8m.

"We believed the suspects form part of a larger syndicate that transports the dagga by means of donkey back, from the Lesotho area through the mountain passes of the Drakensberg and into South Africa, where it then gets distributed to various parts of the country."

Three more arrests were made on April 5.

Police came across a donkey train laden with bags of dagga that had come in through the Mnweni pass, in the Mablesini area, Bergville.

The 28 bags of dagga weighed 514kg and had an estimated street value of R1m.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-11 23:15

    very funny..."high" in the mountains there was a donkey that was a "mule"

      brionyl.french - 2012-04-12 05:30

      Bwahahahahaha your very funny!!! Love it!!! But the story is pretty funny too.

      Chris - 2012-04-12 06:56

      they dont know dat morena wa ebatla!

      Jean - 2012-04-12 07:53

      Indeed too funny, i cnt even imagine ths,

      Bob - 2012-04-12 09:00

      You in top form I see Andrew!

      atholl.hay - 2012-04-12 09:17

      Actually the story is not funny at all. Donkeys have been used as a form of transport for centuries. Dagga has been used traditionally in Africa for centuries. These poor guys have been criminalized for selling a relatively harmless herb and are now clogging our legal system and prisons.

      Andrew - 2012-04-12 10:12

      @atholl.hay... I might be making light of this topic and having a little fun. However, I fully agree with your comments...I think you need to imbibe a bit of the herb and chill!!

      Fredster - 2012-04-12 11:02

      Atholl.hay... Did you get the contract for this? LOL

  • George - 2012-04-11 23:29

    The only crime is the fact that it is illegal.

      Ben - 2012-04-12 06:27

      Yes and I cannot understand why because, if you compare it to alcohol abuse, which is the more harmful one, but I can drink as much as I want if I can afford it. Does not make sense,

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-12 07:18

      Legalize weed

      atholl.hay - 2012-04-12 09:00

      And the real criminals drive expensive cars and drink Johnnie Walker...

      Andrew - 2012-04-12 10:13

      Well said @Gar and atholl.hay!!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-11 23:30

    Correction: It's four South Africans and a 'MOsotho'. Geez! How are we supposed to take these guys' news seriously if they cant even present their facts correctly?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-12 00:09

    Free the weed

  • Jayson - 2012-04-12 03:32

    For once I believe that the drug \mules\ are innocent. The jack \asses\ that transported the wacky weed, should face the full brunt of the law. They have always said you can lead a donkey to water, but you can't make him drink. So lets give the drug \mules\ a break this time. Give all the cops that caught them, a Bells.

  • henrydaviess - 2012-04-12 06:39

    Grew up in Bergville, this has been happening for DECADES. Old news, Snooze24...Get a life!

  • Kekeletso.nax - 2012-04-12 07:13

    With the South African Police whenever they make an arrest its always \believed the suspects form part of a larger syndicate\

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-12 07:16

    All that purp gone to the pork shop, mxm.

  • Allan - 2012-04-12 07:21

    I hope the suspects don't make asses of them selves in court!

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-12 09:00

      those asses must have been smoked up

  • Sharon - 2012-04-12 07:21

    The donkey is innocent! He did it under duress. Poor little donkey.

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-12 07:27

    Ok - this may not be well received, but lets face it. That one million rand street value would be less than a 10th if it was legal. Only real reason it is banned is because nobody would be able to collect taxes on it.Every objective article I've read shows that weed is actually less harmful than alcohol etc. (If I'm wrong, pls tell me). So what's the big deal. Let them smoke weed !!!! (I do not condone cocaine, Tic, Heroin etc) - just think that weed has (as far as i know) done minimal, if any damage to society. And, if it was legal and less profitable as a result, the business incentive would die off. Pls Guys - let me know if this is non-sensical (I do not smoke dagga BTW).

      Jacques Engelbrecht - 2012-04-12 08:57

      I dont smoke dagga either, but most people that do are very chilled out and incapable of crime once they have had their duby

      Buzz - 2012-04-12 11:44

      High Toofan, I often hear the tax theory, but see little substance in it. Just because anyone will be able to grow the herb doesn't mean that they will. Look at tomatoes, tobacco, booze, mielies as example. Most people don't grow/brew their own, while there will always be a small informal market. Agree though. Once legalised, the price bubble will pop.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-04-12 12:15

      Correct every goverment knows that every weedhead will be growing their own and it would be impossible to tax or profit from it, i mean cigarettes are more addictive and because of that more toxic to the human body, and we all know of the medical uses for canibus not forgeting the many other alternative uses for it.

  • freddie.noble - 2012-04-12 07:44

    lol! All i know after court most of the weed will be missing ...

  • Elkita - 2012-04-12 07:48

    Donkey leads donkey with dagga.How funny

  • Jean - 2012-04-12 07:51

    Once upon a time, there lived a donkey on the hill that was a mule, used to transport 514kg of.............!!!!!! Better legalise the substance,

  • Jacques Engelbrecht - 2012-04-12 08:07

    What an ass

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-12 08:53

    Drugs, donkey, mountains, syndicate, only Africa

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-12 09:08

    This is according to the policy as determined by the Minister of Horses, Donkeys and Animals of mixed breed. The AAA (Animal Affirmative Action) policy clearly states that Donkies should be promoted to Mules in preference to Horses. This is seen as a victory for the civil disobedience strategy of Donkeys. Now they can also enjoy economic freedom.

  • jonosh - 2012-04-12 09:28

    New? Those who have hiked the Drakensburg traverse regularly can vouch for the fact that this trade has been going on for many years. I have seen donkey-trains of 20+ donkeys being lead into the passes down to SA. I've always been contemptuous of the level of policing in that area because there are few passes that can be used, and they can be easily observed - so it wouldn't take much effort to make that trade far more difficult.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-12 09:46

      Hey, Jonosh! An ideal place for a toll gate. Maybe you and I can enter into a joint venture?

  • Rob - 2012-04-12 10:30

    Will somebody try to explain how the assumption that dagga is less of a problem than alcohol makes either of them ok? Surely the real point is not the substance but how it is used. You want to alter your mind in private or closed company, then go ahead. You want to drive or impact on the rest of society whilst your mind is affected (alcohol or drugs) then it is a different matter entirely. Keep out of my space when you are not in full control of yours!

  • Buzz - 2012-04-12 11:58

    Nothing new about this kinda thing. Been happening for decades. Such a shame that many farmers, workers, etc have now lost a huge amount of income just before winter. Very sad:(

  • Malcolm - 2012-04-13 13:19

    According to the CATO Institute, ending prohibition would save roughly $41 billion of expenditure while generating an estimated $46 billion in tax revenues. Maybe many of the early Prohibitionists did not really intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put once in every 30 American adults under supervision of the correctional system. But similar to our “Great Experiment” of the 1920s, the prohibition of various other drugs has once again spawned rampant off-the-scale criminality & corruption, a bust economy, mass unemployment, a mind-boggling incarceration rate, a civil war in Mexico, an un-winnable war in Afghanistan and an even higher rate of drug-use (both legal & illegal) than in all other countries that have far more sensible policies. Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare; if you support it you must be ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.

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