N.dollars 2.4 million drug case to be heard in regional court

23 Aug 2019 14:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 AUG (NAMPA) - The case of a 36-year-old South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, will now be heard in the Regional Court at Keetmanshoop, the Prosecutor General (PG) has decided.
Celumusa Ndebele made another appearance before Magistrate Olivia Van der Colff in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday where he was informed about the PG’s decision.
Van der Colff postponed his case to 19 September 2019 for the accused to make his first appearance in the regional court.
The PG’s decision also indicated that the accused be charged with one count of dealing in drugs with an alternative count of possession of dependence producing substance.
Ndebele will also be charged with one count of contravening the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (Act 29 of 2004).
The State was represented by Colleen Yisa.
During his first court appearance on 07 December 2018, Ndebele was denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and 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 with no fixed residential address and 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, which was also transporting ice cream, milk and fish to Windhoek at the time, entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post, but the cannabis was not detected there.