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Sun Dec 21 05:18:08 SAST 2014

Calitz admits to drug use: report

Sapa | 15 December, 2012 11:18
BEEN THROUGH WORSE: Debbie Calitz appeared in the Hatfield Community Court, Pretoria, on drug possession charges yesterday, along with her son, her daughter and six others
Image by: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI

Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz admitted to using dagga, according to a report on Saturday.

"I believe cannabis is medicinal. I have made tea out of it for my asthma," she told the Saturday Star.

Calitz and eight other people appeared on drug-related charges in the Hatfield District Court in Pretoria on Monday.

The matter was postponed to January 30, for further investigation.

Calitz and her former long-term partner Bruno Pelizzari were released from captivity in Somalia almost six months ago, after being held for nearly two years.

She recently released a book regarding her kidnap, titled "Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell".

"It is a natural plant and I don't think it should be illegal," Calitz said during her interview with the newspaper.

She would not comment on the court case, but defended the use of dagga after the publication in YOU magazine of a story headlined "Debbie's days of drugs and booze".

"Instead of putting e-tolls on our freeways, legalise cannabis and tax it," she told the Saturday Star.

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