Five men from Mpumalanga have been granted bail of R2000 by the Kriel Magistrate’s Court. The five suspects were found with 16 sealed bags of dagga stashed at the back of a vehicle on Sunday. They are aged between 25 and 62.
Its estimated the dagga is worth approximately R500 000 in street value. Their arrest came after police received a tipoff thata suspicious vehicle had five occupants. It was alleged one of the suspects was a police constable at Tsakane police station.
Mbombela police spokesperson Lt General Mondli Zuma said police received a complaints from the public that some police members were allegedly involved in drug trafficking.
“The police then received tipoff about a Gauteng marked vehicle which had five occupants, including the driver who was wearing police uniform,”
“Upon stopping the said vehicle, the driver produced his police appointment card identifying himself as a police officer with the intention to divert the attention of the members,” said Lt General Zuma.
Solomon Senoamadi aged 38, Nhlakanipho Mtshali aged 34, Hezekiah Bhembe aged 62, Thabo Gama and Nkululeko Thabethe both aged 25 were arrested and charged with possession of dagga as well as defeating the ends of justice.
Lt General Zuma has warned SAPS members as well as other law enforcement agencies to refrain from criminal activities.
“This vehicle was supposed to have been utilised for the benefit of the community at the local station where it has been allocated to but instead, it was used illegally to transport illicit staff. Disciplinary action will be taken against the member or anyone found to be on the wrong side of the law,” said Lt General Zuma.
Their next court appearance has been postponed to 23 April while investigations continue.