Excerpts from "A Traveller's Guide to Swaziland" by Bob Forrester.
CARS and DRIVING
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The cultivation of cannabis sativa (known as insangu in Swaziland, dagga in Southern Africa and marijuana in much of the world) has been practised here for thousands of years, but was outlawed during the colonial administration and is still illegal. In certain circumstances, individuals may be given permits to possess the drug cannabis. Peter Tosh was given a permit on religious grounds as a rasta during his concert here in Swaziland.
Cultivation is still widespread, particularly near Pigg's Peak, where soil and climate combine to form a high proportion of tetrahydro-cannibinol, the main active ingredient. Cultivation is particularly widespread in the Komati Valley, being virtually year round.
Incidences of Mandrax smuggling through Swaziland, en-route to South Africa from India, have been intercepted by the local police. Cocaine and crack are sold highly illegally, particularly in Manzini. Car wash attendants and golf club caddies are regularly accused of selling dagga.