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Image via Facebook: Djo BNkuna

‘I’m not afraid!’: ‘Cabbage Bandit’ plans to fight back in court

Remember the ‘Cabbage Bandit’ who was fined R1500 for planting veggies instead of grass and flowers outside his yard? He has since decided to go to court to fight back!

cabbage bandit

Image via Facebook: Djo BNkuna

Joe Nkuna, who has quickly become known as South Africa’s ‘Cabbage Bandit,’ has spoken out about being fined for planting vegetables outside his yard. Earlier this week his story went viral, gaining a lot of attention from South Africans who stood behind him after he landed in trouble for his veg garden.

Cabbage Bandit speaks out

Earlier this week Facebook user and Tshwane resident Djo BNkuna (Joe Nkuna) shared how he was approached by Metro Police officers who reprimanded him for planting vegetables outside his yard. According to him, he was told to get a permit, but after trying, was told there were no such permits for civilians.

He then explained this to the police officers but was rudely told to get rid of the vegetables because he was contravening Tshwane’s bylaws. He was then told if the veggies weren’t gone in the next few weeks, he would face jail time.

Taking to Facebook on 14 September he shared that he was visited by 16 Metro police officials who charged him with intentionally interfering in any manner to the property of the Municipality by planting cabbage outside at the corner.

“I am Issued the maximum fine of R1500 to be paid within 30 days and a permanent criminal record for planting cabbage and onions. No by-law cited,” he writes.

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He also goes on to explain that he has decided to defend himself in court in November where he hopes to “change the outlook and attitude towards food security and hunger.” He ends his post by saying:

“The road is long, but enlightenment is on the horizon. We must not give up, no matter what we face. Thank you for the support, prayers, and offer of assistance. Remember: You buy a vegetable and you feed a family, you cultivate a garden you feed a community. I am not afraid.”

Joe’s troubles with his vegetable garden have received a lot of attention from South Africans who find it unfair that people are allowed to plant flowers and grass but not vegetables.

They sympathise with Joe who feeds the whole community with the food he is able to yield from the vegetable garden.

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