'I abuse drugs for survival'

HARARE - A Harare man has made no apologies for abusing Bron Cleer cough syrup —popularly known as bronco — and dagga, insisting he either uses the illegal substances to perform his manual jobs or he starves to death.

Pesenai Zembeti, a brick layer by profession, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe this week.

He was facing charges of illegal possession of dangerous drugs and unregistered medicines — 41-100 millilitre bottles of Bron Cleer syrup.

Bron Cleer syrup has high alcohol content and contains a substance called codeine phosphate, which if overdosed or abused, can lead to respiratory problems, depression, constipation, restlessness, sedation, nausea, vomiting and skeletal muscle flaccidity.

Quizzed by Mahwe if he does not fear intoxicating his body or dying from an overdose, with a sly smile on his face Zembeti said “ndoto svuta mbanje kuti ndiite basa randinoita (I smoke dagga for me to able to do my job)”.

“It’s better I take dagga and make a leaving than for me not to take it and my family starves,” he said.

Magistrate Mahwe ruled that he gets assessed for community service.

It is the State’s case that 38-year-old Zembeti, who resides in Southlea Park,  was caught in possession of dagga weighing 0,409 kilogrammes with a street value of $40, 90.

“On August 30, 2016, at about 1030 hours, detectives from CID Drugs received information to the effect that the accused person was in possession of dangerous drugs at his residence,” the court heard.

“The detectives proceeded to the residence of the accused person where they located him and introduced themselves to him and advised him the purpose of their visit.

“The accused led the detectives to his spare bedroom where a plastic paper bag containing loose dagga was recovered stashed in a 25-litre empty tin.”

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ian - 5 September 2016

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