South African man arrested with cannabis enters not guilty plea

29 Mar 2019 13:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 29 MAR (NAMPA) - A South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, pleaded not guilty to the charges he is facing in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Celumusa Ndebele made another appearance before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan, who postponed his case to 17 June 2019 for the Prosecutor General to make a decision on the finalisation of the charges and in which court the case will be heard.
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, however, his legal aid application was declined due to the fact that he is not a Namibian citizen. On the same day Ndebele indicated that he would acquire the services of a private lawyer and Hipura Ujaha represented him on Friday.
The accused was also denied bail in his first appearance because police investigations were at an early stage and because it was 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.
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, also transporting ice cream, milk and fish to Windhoek, entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post, but the cannabis was not detected there.