‘CANCER-CAUSING’ COP SPRAYS
villagers and destroys staple crops such as maize, which are grown for food and income.
In a letter to the SAPS on January 7, lawyers for an alliance involving the Transkei Animal Welfare Initiative, the Amapondo Children’s Project and pro-cannabis organisation Field of Green For All, said they would go to court if spraying took place without proper research into the environmental impact of the chemicals.
The World Health Organisation last year classified glyphosate as a Grade 2A carcinogen, which “probably” causes cancer.
In Colombia, where coca plants used in cocaine production used to be sprayed, glyphosate use was stopped last year because of health concerns. Several UN conventions now consider the wide spraying of harmful chemicals a human rights violation.
The spraying, South African lawyers say, violates the Constitution. They claim the police’s aerial teams have previously not warned communities they were planning to spray, so that they could avoid harm.
They have asked for a written breakdown of what steps are being taken to comply with health regulations,