A document instructing police that 3kg of cannabis was the legal amount to carry by users has made the rounds on social media.
The document which Limpopo police have distanced themselves from states that all commanders were requested to inform operational members under their command to stop arresting suspects for possession of dagga with immediate effect.
- Only cases of dealing in dagga or possession of dagga exceeding 3kg in weight should a suspect be arrested.
- Inquiries may be directed to Colonel Van Staden at 015 285 7618 or 072 271 5646.
The document is signed off by the provincial head of the operational command centre, D R Mangena.
The document has trended on social media with many providing their different views.
#BREAKING: Police apparently issued this notice to Stop officers from #arresting any person found with #Dagga of less than #3Kg . So you may carry your #2.5Kg Bag of Dagga and not get arrested???????? pic.twitter.com/28EjvYpOGT
— MĴay (@JerryBouwer1) September 22, 2018
I was sent this & it LOOKS legit but it's NOT verified: an apparent Limpopo SAPS communique states officers must arrest you if you're holding more than 3kg of #dagga!?#DaggaDecision #DaggaDebate @SAPoliceService @Abramjee pic.twitter.com/OLjSHbFZaV
— Rauby (@GraemeRauby) September 21, 2018
Post circulating on social media in which @SAPoliceService in #Limpopo have given the order to only arrest those who are in possession of more than 3kg of #dagga @ZOPublications pic.twitter.com/8XL7n8b5d9
— Orrin Singh ???????? (@orrin417) September 21, 2018
This comes after the Constitutional Court’s ruling to decriminalise the private use of dagga.
The Concourt has decriminalised the private use of dagga in South Africa with parliament allowing 24 months to change sections of both the drug trafficking act and the medicine controls act after these sections were found constitutionally invalid.
The constitutional court’s judgment on marijuana states that consumers may be in possession and consume Marijuana at home.
Just goes to show that Bheki Cele is a muppet as the @SAPoliceService are not permitted to arrest anyone carrying 3kg of dagga or less.
Dealing and public use is not permitted. pic.twitter.com/2vFiSdDty5
— Nandi [⚡️] (@nandilanga888) September 21, 2018
3kg carry limit for Dagga. Fucking great!!!! ????????
— Bobby Mercer (@BradApril) September 20, 2018
— Dagga Magazine (@DaggaMagazine) September 22, 2018
According to SAPS in Limpopo. You allowed ONLY 3kg of dagga for personal use pic.twitter.com/aZkTEeU7lJ
— Andre (@ndre007) September 21, 2018