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The Dagga case against Union Buildings Khoisan protesters has been postponed for further investigation

  • Khoisan men who have lived and demonstrated outside the Union’s buildings for more than three years have been arrested for alleged drug trafficking and the illegal cultivation of dagga.
  • They appeared in court on Tuesday.
  • The case has been postponed as police are still investigating.

Criminal proceedings against King Khoisan SA, who has been living and protesting outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria for more than three years, have been postponed as police continue to investigate.

Khoisan SA and another protester, Donovan Manuel, appeared for the second time since their arrest in January in front of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

At the time, police said Khoisan SA had been arrested for drug trafficking and illegal cultivation of dagga, as well as for not wearing the mask when instructed to do so by a law enforcement officer.

However, according to the indictment, both men were charged with dagga traffic.

Khoisan SA grew dagga in its impromptu kraal at the foot of the Nelson Mandela statue at National Key Point.

VIEW King Khoisan SA Arrested for Growing and Selling Dagga in Union Buildings

After his first appearance in court, Khoisan SA and his accused were released on warning.

Commenting on his arrest, Khoisan SA said the laws that put him in a police van on Wednesday were “blunt for the first nation.”

“They thought we were going to follow their laws [around] the smoking dagga sent us to prison. That cannot be fair, ”said Khoisan SA.

King Khoisan and his wife, Cynthia Triegard.

He said the dagga was used for medicinal purposes. “We cannot pursue the laws of others that they want to inflict on us as a first nation.”

Protest

Khoisan SA and a small group of protesters staged a seated protest for more than three years after making the arduous 1,200-kilometer journey from Eastern Cape on foot in November 2019.

The protesters demand that:

  • The khoisan people are recognized as the first indigenous nation in South Africa;
  • The “color” label should be removed from all official documents as a reference to persons belonging to the mixed species;
  • Kwazi-khoe is listed as an official language; and
  • Khoisans are given land and resources to continue their culture and traditions.

This was the group’s second offer to satisfy their demands.

In 2017, Khoisan SA and three others made a similar journey to Union buildings to gain recognition. Things took a dangerous turn when the four went on a hunger strike that lasted nearly a month.

News24 reported that boss Khoisan SA suffered from extreme fatigue and malaise and lost 34kg.

Christian Martin, 37, who joined them at Union Buildings, lost 26 kg and suffered from hypoglycemia due to malnutrition.


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The Dagga case against Union Buildings Khoisan protesters has been postponed for further investigation

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