South Africa: Cannabis using air force cadets turn to court after being kicked off training programme

South Africa: Cannabis using air force cadets turn to court after being kicked off training programme
CANNANNEW REPORT

Pretoria News reports Pretoria – Four men’s dreams to be enlisted in the 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 was done within the law, at their private homes. They applied in June last year to the SAAF to enlist as cadets for the 2022 intake in the military skills development system training programme. It is a two-year programme with an important component called Basic Military Training. Permanent and temporary commissions are only conferred on selected candidates who must have completed the component. The four underwent psychometric evaluation tests and medical fitness tests in their respective provinces. As stated on the application form, they were informed that if they have not been contacted by the end of December, they should consider their applications unsuccessful. The candidates did not receive any feedback and regarded their applications as unsuccessful. The four used cannabis either for “medicinal purposes and/or recreational purposes” at their respective homes during January and February this year. According to them, they were unexpectedly contacted and told to report at short notice for…

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