Mag­is­trate knows good dagga

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Phesheya Kunene

OF­FEND­ERS were amazed when Mag­is­trate Si­fiso Vi­lakati gave a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the dagga brought be­fore him in court.

Vi­lakati asked the po­lice to show him the dagga that was con­fis­cated whilst in the pos­ses­sion of Mx­olisi Dlamini. Dlamini who was ar­rested while at Lobamba with a bag of dagga weigh­ing 0.45kg.

The mag­is­trate un­packed the bag then with­drew the block of dagga be­fore loudly say­ing “You got the good stuff, you got the crush.” This state­ment was wel­comed by amuse­ment and mur­murs of ap­pre­ci­a­tion as some were heard say­ing the mag­is­trate had gen­uine knowl­edge about dagga.

More­over, Vi­lakati then praised the dealer as he in­sisted he was sell­ing good stuff, how­ever, it was un­for­tu­nate that his trade was il­le­gal hence his act was un­law­ful.

“You should get a job and stay away from dagga deal­ing as it will land you in jail. The dagga will be for­feited and de­stroyed by the state,” he said.

Dlamini told the court the dagga was for­got­ten by a per­son he had given a lift to hence he de­cided to keep it.

“I did not know what to do with it, I then in­formed my friend about it so he told me I should come with it to him, and that is when the po­lice nabbed me,” he said.

He then apol­o­gised and promised the court he would not be found to have com­mit­ted the of­fence again.

He was then fined E500 or five months im­pris­on­ment. In the same court, an­other man nabbed with dagga, Muzi Gama, told the court he was pushed by the pres­sure of his child who was ow­ing school fees. Gama was nabbed while driv­ing a truck on Tues­day with dagga weigh­ing 1.6kg. “I have a debt of E3 000 for my child’s school fees. I was un­der pres­sure to pay this amount, mainly be­cause I lost my job at the forestry in­dus­try,” he said. He fur­ther pleaded with the court to be le­nient with him when pass­ing its sen­tence as he was fac­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems. He was fined E1 000 or one year im­pris­on­ment.

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