SA man arrested with cannabis back in court

25 Jan 2019 18:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – A South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, made his second appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Celumusa Ndebele, 36, appeared before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 25 February this year for further police investigations and for the accused to acquire legal aid.
During his first court appearance Ndebele indicated that he would apply for a lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid department.
On Friday, Ndebele informed the court that he applied for legal aid on 07 December 2018 and has not yet received any response.
He remains in custody at the Namibian Correctional Service facility at Keetmanshoop until his next court appearance.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.
During his first appearance, the accused was denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it is not in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.
Bail was also refused because Ndebele is not a Namibian citizen with no fixed residential address and because of the value of the cannabis.
The South African national was allegedly found with cannabis weighing 244 kilogrammes on 06 December 2018 during a search of the truck he was driving, at the Keetmanshoop police roadblock.
The truck entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post, but the cannabis was not detected there.
It was transporting ice cream, milk and fish to Windhoek.