Culture May 11, 2016

The Face Of Dagga Prohibition Is Back

Remember the infamous “dagga debate” between myself and Mamazane Maphanga, which turned out to be the most viewed clip on SABC Newsroom, ever? Well, Miss Maphanga is back, and this time she debated Jeremy Acton of the Dagga Party.  Here are the original videos for some context on who this article will be dealing with, just in case you missed it.



The small remote group known as the Concerned Young People of South Africa (CYPSA) are no strangers to going viral for all the wrong reasons. While not only continuing their much criticized campaign against any form of cannabis legalisation, even for medicinal purposes, they’ve also decided that tobacco partakers are now equally criminal and deserving of a spot in a cold overcrowded prison cell.



During a Jacaranda FM radio breakfast show debate against Jeremy Acton of the Dagga Party, Mamazane Maphanga reminded us why her organisation so firmly opposes the increasing calls for any form of cannabis legalisation. Taking swipes at medicinal cannabis as well as the legal tobacco market were highlights of Mamazane’s again high volumed assault. “It is a small group of people who want to smoke dagga without getting into trouble with the law who are pushing this. It is by no means the desire of the the majority of South African citizens; parents, doctors, teachers who work with children know well the harm this drug causes. And there is no such thing as medical dagga (cannabis)!”

What followed was much the same as we have come to expect from this passionate young lady, “I work with people who have been effected by the using of dagga. They’ve had to drop out from schools because they are mentally disturbed, they’ve quit their jobs, they’ve lost their opportunities at their universities.”
“Whether we like it or not dagga is addictive. You get dependent on it, you get unwanted uncomfortable cravings if you can’t get hold of it. It is therefore a drug. Some might say, what about cigarettes then? For me they should be made illegal.”

Mamazane declaring herself as not only the representative for her tiny following, but now also for the majority of South Africans is perhaps the most worrying thing about her hell bent attitude towards cannabis, tobacco and alcohol. So while remaining completely impervious to offering any more substance to the dagga debate due to the limitations of sticking to her “Just say no to drugs” starter kit, 15 000 South Africans gathered in Cape Town this weekend to peacefully march in solidarity for the legalisation of Cannabis, showing that the movement is by no means a faceless or small group of fellow citizens that she and others like her can just keep hating on.

Now if only Mamazane could pull herself away from watching all those anti-drug VHS tapes for just a minute or two, she would see that she in no way reflects the views of anything more than an eroding group of fringe fundamentalists. If the young people of South Africa should really be concerned about anything, it should be about quack groups such as the CYPSA.

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  • ElNicko

    Me thinks Miss Maphanga has watched Reefer Madness one too many times.

  • Jissis Jacaranda FM is a fucking joke. What is the point of having people talk over each other? Then they try and make it seem like it’s the two who are talking that are the problem. FUCK SA RADIO.

    • James blunt

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Bergie

      Agreed, this kind of platform does little to advance either argument. Long form podcats would do a much better job

      • I agree man. Long form podcast is the real way to do it. That said, I would not want to hear someone like Mamazane on a three hour podcast.

        • Jeremy David Acton

          She needs just enough time to let her hang herself, and then be forced to hear the facts and argument for equal rights of cannabis users to those who use alcohol. Nothing less will do.

  • Cannahealth

    The ignorance is strong with Mamazane Maphanga. You would of thought that after the last incompetent interview, she would of gone and done actual research. The face of the youth – pffit please!

  • Faultyboy

    Wow this woman makes herself look so ignorant…

    • loftie

      Spot on, she is one seriously ignorant individual. I wonder why she is so vehemently against it..

      • Faultyboy

        I presume it has nothing to do with Cannabis itself and more to do with her wanting to “fight a cause” and maybe get a bit of notoriety for it. Unfortunately for her, she never did her research before deciding on the cause and if it was actually legitimate or logical. Now ego is holding her in an ugly position, instead of coming clean and changing her view of Cannabis based on all the information readily available and presented to her, She continues to dig herself into a deeper hole by spewing out right lies. I’m thankful for this interview though as it has confirmed what I have always believed, common sense will always prevail. The outright absurdity of her views shines so bright it can’t help but to show how ridiculous prohibition is.

  • Tim

    This is great! The more we have of these fanatical morons punting prohibition, the more likely sane and rational folks will come over to our side. I say we make her the poster child for decriminalization!

  • Bergie

    Firstly, this was a terrible platform and highlightes the problem with these short radio eniterviews. They do not give either participant the relevant time to discuss what is a serious issue. Long form podcasts would do far more justice.

    Secondly: Ms Maphanga once again seems to completely miss the point. Poeple are going to use mind altering substances, and there are a lot of them. She says that dagga is habit forming which makes it a drug and should thus be banned. But this argument always falls flat. Sugar is habit forming, and mind altering, and can cause people who suddenly stop using it to feel some withdrawel. Same with coffee, or carbohydrates. Anytime you use a substance, any substance, for a period of time and stop cold turkey you will experience some changes, that’s just the body adjusting. Some substances’ withdrawel is worse, like tobacco, alchohol, heroin etc. Should we ban sugar and coffee because some people become addicted and arrest these people? Imagine if we criminalised cigarettes tomorrow, half the country would be in jail. That really sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it?

    Finally, the main reason she misses the point is that you can never stop drugs. We, along with most of the world have been trying to stop drugs all together for decades with zero effect. More people use drugs more than ever before.What it really comes down to is this: If a person decides to use a substance, any substance, and does no harm to anyone or anything, that person should be left to his, or her, own devices. It is no way an excuse to lock people up ruin their lives.

  • Jeremy David Acton

    I have met Ms Maphanga in person at the Central Drug Authority Dagga Indaba in Benoni last year (a farce id ever I saw one) , and all those prohibitionists had an aggression toward me like I was affecting their cognitive dissonance or something, :-D, and as the debates at tea got prolonged the anger just got more and more in your face.

    I did not want to speak over Mamazane here, but when she ignored me I thought I would force a stalemate/reset, and then try to re-engage.

    I hope to meet her again and offer her a dagga chocolate brownie.

  • Rob Van Vee

    Fuck me that’s radio at it poorest levels! Well done Jeremy!