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sandf thumb medium90 89Pretoria News writes that four men’s dreams to be enlisted in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) as air force cadets were dashed when they were kicked out of the training programme after cannabis was detected in their blood.

However, the four took the SANDF to court, claiming that the minister and the department did not “respect” their right to use this substance in the privacy of their home. The four launched an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, to overturn the SANDF’s refusal to admit them to the training programme. They claimed that they were called at short notice to report to the air force base, prior to each of them having consumed some cannabis at home. While some said it was done for recreational purposes, others claimed they had consumed the cannabis for medical reasons. But they told the court, it did not matter, as this had been done within the law, at their private homes. According to the SANDF, the cadets never disclosed on their application questionnaires that they had used cannabis. The SANDF also said they were not dismissed in terms of labour practices but were withdrawn from the programme due to medical reasons. The applicants lodged complaints with the Military Ombudsman. The High Court judge, however, ruled that they first had to wait for the Military Ombud’s decision before they could turn to the court.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zelda Venter at Pretoria News


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