Image via Facebook: Djo BaNkuna
Image via Facebook: Djo BaNkuna
South Africans were left feeling worked up after one man shared how he was threatened with jail time for planting cabbage and other vegetables outside his yard as opposed to the usual grass, flowers and occasional tree people plant outside of their yards.
Mzansi is not impressed at all…
A South African man has left a lot of people with a lot to think and talk about after he shared a post on Facebook about how he was warned to remove his curbside vegetable garden or face jail time.
According to Djo BaNkuna (Joe Nkuna), he was approached by Metro Police officers who told him that he was not allowed to grow vegetables on the small piece of property directly outside his yard as it blocked pedestrians from passing through. In his post, he explains that he has been growing spinach, onions, and cabbage there for 3 years and was never given a warning about it before.
“Believe it or not. Miracles happen. On Thursday (09/08/2021) at 9 am, two Metro Police officers came to my home and threatened me with arrest. My sin was to plant vegetables instead of grass and flowers on my pavement.
I was told that Tshwane by-laws only permit grass and flowers outside, not cabbage, onion, and spinach.”
He then explains how he tried to apply for a permit to continue growing his produce but to his surprise, was told no such thing exists. On his way from the Tshwane council offices in Wonderpark, he decided to stop at the JMPD to explain that there is no such thing as a by-law for planting vegetables outside one’s house. This he explains, was a big mistake.
“The angry Metro Police Office Commander insisted that cabbage is not allowed outside, by-law or no by-law. He just does not like it, period. Instead of taking me through the by-laws and pointing to the relevant sections relating to my contravention, he angered up.
“Things went bad to worse when I asked him to give me a written notice of my contravention, that is when his oil began to boil. I am told that if I do not remove my cabbage by Tuesday 14/09/2021, my arrest and jailing is 100% guaranteed. I guess I will be the first Cabbage Bandit in Gauteng. I am a law-abiding citizen. If Tshwane by-laws outlaw the planting of cabbage and onions outside, I will obey it.
He then ends his lengthy account of the situation by saying that he will not remove his veggies until it becomes something that is against the law. Timeslive has since reported that he was fined R1,500 for contravening municipal bylaws.
Anne De Jager said:
“The irony of all this is they will charge a person if the verge is unkempt. As others have said, if grass/flowers can be planted why not cabbages. It all looks neat and tidy and he’s not encroaching on any other verges. Planting only on his own. At the same time providing food to his family and others. Police go catch the real criminals please.”
Samantha Clark said:
“So, you can plant roses, orchids, carnations, and even palm trees but not cabbages or large cucumbers? I stand fully behind him. Typical DA tactics of going after the soft targets. They also fine the homeless in Cape Town, yet turn a blind eye to illegal developments in the leafy suburbs. Stand firm Sir. Take the City to court. You will win!”
Reginald Reggie Matsinhe said:
“I’m confused here, when you plant 🪴 flowers 💐 it’s okay with the law, so it goes against cabbage 🥬?”