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PIGG’S PEAK – Could some police officers be giving dagga growers tough competition in growing the illicit herb?


Some dagga growers have expressed concern that certain police officers were also engaged in the growing of the illegal drug.
These concerns were raised by the Deputy Police Information and Communications Officer, Assistant Superintendent Phindile Vilakati yesterday.


She was speaking during a press briefing in which the police revealed that dagga valued at E2 411 185.20 would be destroyed.
Vilakati wanted to know if it was true that the police were only destroying dagga because they were also in competition with criminals who were growing it.


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Vilakati posed this question to Inspector Samuel Mamba, who was representing the head of the Royal Swaziland Police Drug and Narcotics Unit.
Mamba, however, said police officers were not currently aware of any of their colleagues who were engaged in dagga growing. He said the police would not hesitate to arrest anyone dealing in dagga, regardless of whether they were law enforcers or not.
Mamba also warned that dagga trade was a serious concern because it also affected children.


He urged parents to monitor their children because they were being influenced by dagga.
He also commended the National Commissioner of Police Isaac Magagula for ensuring that police had the chemicals as well as transport to reach the areas that were dagga infested, to destroy it.
The dagga which was destroyed yesterday weighed 4 018.642 kilogrammes while about 5 571.551 was destroyed in October 2017.

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