ACDP Leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe says he wants Parliament to hold an urgent debate on the ruling made in the Constitutional Court today that it is legal to cultivate and consume dagga for personal use.
Meshoe says that, “The ACDP and the majority of South Africans do not want dagga decriminalised and legalised for private use, given the high number of young people battling drug addiction. It's important for Parliament to make its position known as soon as possible.”
“Parliament has to consult members of the public and determine whether this ruling is in the best interests of our people. This ruling contradicts the efforts of government and the South African society to deal with drug addiction and crime in our country. Just last week the damning statistics showed an increase of 30 981 in drug related crime, up from 292 388 to 323 369, and this week, there is a Constitutional Court ruling that would see efforts to decrease that number hindered”, Meshoe said.
The ACDP leader adds that, “There are doctors who say it impairs people's mental abilities. The danger of drugs such as Nyaope, of which Dagga is a main ingredient, has devastated homes. We have noticed over the years that children have stolen everything their parents have owned to feed this addiction”.
The unanimous decision this morning by the Constitutional Court, which upheld and extended the decision by Judge Dennis Davis of the Western Cape High Court, decriminalised the private use of dagga. Davis’ order had confined the declaration of invalidity to private adult use at home, while the Constitutional Court did not limit it to use at home. It did not specify a limit on the amount of dagga a person may have in their possession, leaving this for parliament to decide.
ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
18 September 2018