South African man arrested with cannabis to plead on Friday

27 Mar 2019 20:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - A South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, will return to the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday to enter pleas for the charges against him.
Celumusa Ndebele made another appearance in court on Wednesday, appearing before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan, who postponed his case to Friday.
During his first court appearance on 07 December 2018, Ndebele indicated that he would apply for a lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate.
On 25 February this year his legal aid application was declined due to the fact that he is not a Namibian citizen. On the same day, the accused indicated to the court the he will acquire a private lawyer.
During court hearing on Wednesday, State representative, Marlon Adams informed the court that the accused had acquired private representation, with whom the prosecution agreed to shift the case to Friday.
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 and has no fixed residential address and because of the value of the cannabis involved in the matter.
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 roadblock.
The truck entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post, but the cannabis was not detected there.
The truck was also transporting ice-cream, milk and fish to Windhoek.