JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African constitutional court on Tuesday
ruled it is legal to cultivate and consume marijuana for
The highest court in
the land has decriminalized the private use of marijuana. Deputy
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has upheld the Western Cape High
Court’s ruling that marijuana can be used at home and ruled that
Parliament must change its Drug Trafficking and Medicines
judgment did not spell out the amount that can be used by an
adult in private use. But Justice Zondo said this must be
determined by parliament. It must be for the personal use of the
The court admitted
medical studies that showed alcohol caused more harm than
marijuana and that there was little data to show that
criminalizing marijuana reduced harmful use.
Justice Zondo said
he took into account international law allowing the private use
of marijuana at home.
Tanzania to support South
Africa in teaching Kiswahili: minister
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Authorities in Tanzania said on Tuesday they were
ready to support the government of South Africa’s move to teach
Kiswahili in its schools.
Minister for Education, Science and Technology, William Ole-Nasha,
said the east African nation was ready to offer South Africa
South Africa Basic
Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that Kiswahili has been
approved to be taught at public, private and independent schools
as an optional language for learners.
Ole-Nasha said the
Kiswahili Council of Tanzania and the Tanzania Professional
Swahili Institute were ready to grab the opportunity because
they have enough teachers.
“We are aware that
we will face competition from other countries, including Kenya
but I am confident that many Tanzanians will be employed because
we have the best Kiswahili teachers in the world,” said Ole-Nasha.
the Secretary General of the Kiswahili Council of Tanzania, said
the move by the South African government to teach Kiswahili will
open employment doors for Tanzanian Kiswahili teachers.
Tanzania’s official language spoken by almost all Tanzanians
regardless of their over 120 tribes. Kiswahili is also regarded
as a unifying language in the country of more than 50 million