- Police Minister Bheki Cele believes weed is a gateway drug and smoking it will lead users to try other more dangerous drugs
- Cele said Tuesday’s decriminalisation put everyone on the same trajectory of trying weed before moving onto mandrax and cocaine
- The police minister made the comments while addressing a student group at the University of Zululand in Empangeni
Police Minister Bheki Cele is not a fan of the Constitutional Court’s ruling which decriminalised the personal use of dagga by adults. Cele believes weed is a gateway drug and smoking it would lead users to try other more dangerous drugs and possibly become involved in criminal activities.
Cele said the ruling meant that everyone in South Africa were now on the same trajectory to start using drugs and they would move on from dagga to mandrax and then to cocaine. Cele made the comments while addressing a student group at the University of Zululand’s Empangeni campus.
Cele has been a vocal critic of the decriminalisation of the personal use of dagga and is on record as saying that tertiary education institutions were wary of the negative impact the ruling would have on student life.
Briefly.co.za gathered that universities and other tertiary education institutions had raised their concerns with Cele about the ease with which students were able to access alcohol and drugs.
News24.com reported that Cele told the students that while he had not had the time to study the Constitutional Court ruling in detail he had been briefed on its core judgment which now allowed adults to smoke dagga.
Cele warned that he knew the ruling did not allow for people to use and work with lots and lots of dagga. He said if the Justices had asked him for his opinion in the matter he would have told them: “no dagga smoking.”
His comments seemed to be welcomed by the students as they started cheering his last sentiment.
Cele also spoke about what the government planned to do about a perceived lack of support for students who get into addiction problems.
He said he had engaged with the minister of higher education and they were committed to working together to find a solution to the problem of drug and alcohol abuse and violence at higher education institutions.
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