Helen Suzman on Dagga / Cannabis in South Africa


Helen Suzman outlining how she feels that it shouldn’t be a criminal offence for people to use dagga for personal use.

South Africa was the first country to make Cannabis illegal in 1870. Right from the beginning the law was inherently racist, aimed at controlling indentured indian labour and black mine workers.

Helen was the only MP in 1971 who voted against the so called “Dagga Act” it laid down mandatory sentence of 2 years for conviction for possession which resulted in over crowded courts and prisons.

Cannabis use in South Africa should be a social issue and not a criminal issue. Criminalising the use of a plant turns people into criminals.

Isn’t it time for South Africa to be progressive and live up to our constitutional rights?