WHAT DOES DRUG POSSESSION MEAN IN TERMS OF THE LAW IN SOUTH AFRICA?
The possession of drugs or dealing in drugs are considered serious crimes in South Africa.
Should the police find you in possession of illegal drugs, the court is unlikely to show you much mercy. If you are arrested, the investigating officer will take you into custody and you will be held in the police cells until you are charged or until you are granted bail.
If a group of people are found in possession of drugs, a charge of ‘joint possession’ could be made and all people in the group would face criminal charges.
If the quantity of drugs found in your possession is over a certain threshold, you could also face a charge of drug dealing, which carries an even higher penalty. The type and quantity of drugs found in your possession will determine what type of conviction you will face. Unfortunately the offender may end up with a criminal record and may be sentenced to imprisonment. This is very traumatic for both the offender and his/her family.