Legalising dagga in Swaziland: Why Minister Phiwayinkhosi could be right

On Tuesday, the country woke up to newspaper headlines about a cabinet minister calling for the legalisation of dagga – a widely grown plant in the country.

That minister is the otherwise reserved Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza, the Mhlambanyatsi Member of Parliament and Minister of Housing and Urban Development.

The minister’s submission before the august House stunned many, mainly because of his restrained manner and mostly because Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini had appeared to indicate that legalising dagga was currently out of the question because the issue still needed to be extensively debated.

Without dismissing the minister, as some prominent individuals have done, it would be prudent to probe if his submission holds any water.

Firstly, Mabuza based his assertion on the fact that Swaziland has to look at ways of increasing its revenue collection so as to lessen the burden of the wage bill on the national budget as well...

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