Mkhulu sells dagga to support kids
A 75-year-old man found with dagga admitted to selling it, however, stating that he did not cultivate it himself but bought it from growers.
Lufafa Dlamini from Nkomazi has a problem with his hearing, so the interpreter had to put her chair closer to him so that he could hear everything that was said to him.
The police nabbed him on Monday and he spent the night in holding cells as the dagga had to be weighed.
When asked to state his age, he seemed confused as he kept guessing, but finally said he was born in 1937 but not sure.
He pleaded guilty to the charges of being found in possession of the 19.2kg of dagga, which he admitted to Magistrate Siphosini Dlamini that he was the owner of.
“Ngeyami lensangu mntfwanami ngeke ngiyiphike.
“(The dagga is mine and I will not deny it). I sell the sack for E800 and a 1kg for E500 to support my unemployed children and their mother; my wife,” he said.
Throughout the trial, Dlamini would hold on to the dock as he uses a walking stick to support him. Whenever the court asked him a question, he would take long to respond and stated that he did not understand what was expected of him when he was answering. During mitigation, the old man pleaded with teary eyes that the court be lenient .
He disclosed that it was not the first time he had had a brush with the law, as when he was younger he was charged with assault.
“You are telling me that you were a bully when you were growing up such that you were arrested?” the magistrate asked. Dlamini told the court that he would fight back when he was ill treated by his peers, and never started the fights. When asked how many children he had, he told the court that he did not remember as they were too many and also had grandchildren. Magistrate Dlamini also asked the accused who would pay his fine and he turned to the gallery and searched, stating that one of his sons was present and he would pay.
“Could somebody look for him for me because he was just here now and he is the one who knows how much he has to pay,” he said.
Dlamini was found guilty and sentenced to one year imprisonment with a fine option of E2 000, which his son paid.