Granny arrested for selling dagga to school children.
An elderly woman from Emjindini Trust spent a night sleeping on a lice-infested blanket on the cold cement floor of Barberton police holding cells.
Wait a minute the Barberton police station knowingly hand out lice-infested blankets to the people being held to appear in court? How inhumane to treat a old lady or any person guilty or not.
This after Gogo Tryphina Sithole was arrested last Thursday for allegedly selling dagga to schoolchildren of Chief Funwako Secondary School. Her alleged drug dealing came to light after a number of learners became disorderly and forced the school’s authorities to call the police.
According to Cllr Aaron Simelane, pupils who were said to have been smoking dagga, became rowdy and started fighting among themselves.
“They and found with dagga in their possession,” said police spokesman, Const Tutu Nkosi.
She said the pupils were threatened with arrest if they refused to reveal where they had bought the drugs. To officials’ surprise, they pointed fingers at the elderly woman who lived near the school.
“We found dagga weighing more than 0,858 gram with an estimated street value of R4 000 in her house. A boy, aged 17, who was found in the possession of dagga, was released on a warning thereafter,” Nkosi said.
There has been a growing concern in the community for people sell dagga to schoolchildren. So rife is the use of this drug, that it has dozens of names by which it is known on the streets, such as insango, izoli, dagga, herbs, marijuana and cannabis.
Nkosi said the dagga haul was a result of strategic police deployment to curb drug-related disturbances at local schools.
“We will not rest until sanity returns. Youngsters, who are the largest consumers, become irresponsible and cause disturbances in our schools and also end up committing other crimes.”
She also appealed to the public to provide information that would lead to the arrest of drug dealers.
“We always aim at finding and shutting down the source rather than just arresting the users,” concluded Nkosi.
The woman was arrested for being in possession of dagga and was granted R500 bail after appearing in the Barberton Magistrate’s Court last Friday. She will appear again in the same court on Thursday May 29.
Granny arrested for selling dagga to school children
An elderly woman from Emjindini Trust spent a night sleeping on a lice-infested blanket on the cold cement floor of Barberton police holding cells. …read more