Pretoria - The high court in Johannesburg will on Thursday hear arguments on whether children who are found in possession of cannabis or used the drug - thus contravening the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act - should be criminally prosecuted.
The Centre for Child Law will give its input as “a friend of the court”.
The Centre had earlier strongly rejected media reports that it supports the idea that children should be allowed to smoke cannabis. It rather wanted a way to help these children.
Lawyer Lithalethemba Stwayi said the centre was invited by the court to make submissions regarding the treatment of children who smoke cannabis.
The issue arose when a number of children had been arrested and brought before the Child Justice Court in Krugersdorp. They were tested positive for the use of cannabis.