Dagga ‘dealers’ in court 

Bags of dagga found by the police at the suspects's house in Marite near Hazyview



Masoka Dube

The case against a 36-year-old man, who has been arrested after he was found in possession of R110 000 worth of dagga, has been postponed to next week Thursday for further investigations.

Davis Themba who is currently out on R10, 000 bail was not asked to plead when he appeared in the Mkhuhlu Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

“ Themba was arrested in a joint operation between the National Intervention Unit (NIU), K9, and Tactical Reaction Team (TRT) from Limpopo, after receiving information about a man dealing in dagga at a certain house in Mariti, near Hazyview.

When the team arrived at the house in question, they searched it and found bags containing dagga,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Sergeant Gerald Sedibe.

Meanwhile, police at the Bothashoop Port of Entry near Piet Retief arrested four suspects a few days ago after they were also found to be in possession of dagga.

Police say they were patrolling when noticing a woman carrying a child standing alone next to a corn field. They then stopped to check on them, when they questioned her for being in a secluded area with a child at that time; she told them that she was waiting for transport.

“Police became suspicions but pretended to be leaving only to keep them under surveillance. A bakkie with three occupants turned up and stopped next to the woman. The occupants alighted and went through the corn field where they were seen loading something on the bakkie. When the police stopped the car they found packs of dagga wrapped in a brown parcel with an estimated street value of R120 000.”

The suspects, Khanyisile Nyoni (29), Bheki Dlamini (43), Selina Mpindili (38) and Nkosinathi Maziya (24, appeared at the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and they were remanded in custody pending their next court appearance.