SA man arrested with cannabis makes first appearance in regional court

20 Sep 2019 17:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – A 36-year-old South African man arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 2.4 million in December last year, made his first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court on Thursday.
Celumusa Ndebele appeared before Magistrate Frans Anderson who postponed his case to 08 and 09 November 2019 for plea and trial.
Ndebele’s appearance in the regional court came as per the prosecutor general (PG)’s decision handed down on 23 August 2019, which also indicated that the accused be charged with one count of dealing in drugs with an alternative count of possession of a 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 Lewis Chigunwe.
Ndebele was represented by Hipura Ujaha on private instructions in his previous appearances in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.
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 because of the value of the cannabis.
It is alleged that the South African national was 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.