South Africa’s King Khoisan found himself in hot water after being arrested along with two others for reportedly growing cannabis outside of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office in Pretoria.
“Police… you have declared war… We have been here peacefully. We are coming for you,” he said as per AFP.
King Khoisan is the leader of an activist group from the indigenous Khoisan community and went to court wearing a traditional wear (loincloth and headdress). He was released on a warning and granted bail at no-cost. The case was adjourned until March.
The group of members set up their tents merely metres away from the statue of former president Nelson Mandela in 2018. According to BBC News, their aim was to meet with Ramaphosa and address the issues of land, restoring their identity and the official recognition of their language.
2018 was also the year that the personal use of cannabis in private places was decriminalised in South Africa.