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Kimberley Rastas Protest March: ‘Unlock the Money, Develop the People, Give Us Land and Licenses!’

Cannabis protesters demand access to land and licenses

The Northern Cape Cannabis Development Council (NC CDC) has accused the Government of making a mockery out of cannabis reform. It mobilised the Kimberley Rastafarian community and Black Farmers Association of South Africa to march on the town’s Magistrate’s Court on 8 November 2021 threatening to begin a new campaign against the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), accusing it of siding with international pharmaceutical companies at the expense of local black farmers.

 

NC CDC secretary, identified only as Kabela, told SABC News that cannabis reform was only benefitting large white business.

 

“Whites are grabbing all the opportunities that we fought for” a man who identified himself as Kabelo told SABCTV News. “White monopoly is so large; those who suffered are being left behind. Licenses are unaffordable. It’s like a slap in the face of the black man. Cannabis is the last mineral in our hands to fight for. We all want to grow. We want to protect our indigenous knowledge systems”.

 

Call to ‘open the gates of finance’

“We are making a call. We say open the gates of finance and empower black people. Give us land and licenses. Unlock the money, develop the people; we are there as black farmers, but there is no platform for us to try and acquire land” he said. “It’s not a fair race, it’s a rat race, my brother”.

The protestors threatened to shut down SAHPRA, rejected the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) and the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill. Kabela told SABCTV, the Bill was racist and discriminated against those who couldn’t afford private property.  “The Bill only works for those who have big yards and big fences. Where is the privacy in Kayalitsha?”.

Kabela also accused the police of continuing to arrest Kimberley cannabis users. “We don’t understand why the police are still harassing us after the Constitutional Court ruling, but they just pick us up for having a ‘bankie’ on us”. 

 

He said the Northern Cape cannabis community wanted to a provincial platform within which they could engage the Department of Justice to halt arrests.

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  1. THANKS FOR THE KIMBERLEY MARCH NEWS COVERAGE AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT I AM KABELO MOJANANGA THE SECRETARY OF CDCNC.

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