Magistrate knows good dagga
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.