Former president Jacob Zuma was never going to remain the all-powerful and omnipresent political figure that he thought, writes Pieter du Toit.
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Self confessed Internet addict. Leftwing Libertarian. Work in horticulture. Blog about nature, herbology and environmental issues. Cannabis activist. Live in the Karoo most of the time.
Cannabis is still illegal in the Western Cape and the other eight provinces of South Africa.
South African legislators's voices have been largely absent from the public discourse on the topic of dagga legalisation. They need to take more of a leading role in the conversation.
As we continue to be on a path, seemingly towards nowhere, other African countries are increasingly making noises about softening their own laws on marijuana.
I live in hope that one day sooner rather than later South Africa's politicians will decide to change tack and treat drug use/abuse as a health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.
The issue of cannabis law reform, particularly with regard to the medical uses thereof, has been making big headlines in the South African media in recent weeks.
The UN has designated 26 June to be the day that the whole world should be made aware of the issue of illicit drugs and how to curb drug addiction and crime associated with drugs.
There is growing talk of electoral reform, but will it realistically happen anytime soon?
The health profession in South Africa seriously needs to start looking into "medical marijuana" as an effective, low-cost and 100% natural treatment.
Is it just me or does there seem to be an awful lot of news and research lately coming out in support of drugs being decriminalised or legalised with a particular emphasis on cannabis?
I've never been one to shy away from controversy. A useful attribute to possess in a country like South Africa.
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