SA man arrested with cannabis makes first appearance in regional court

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 plead and trial.

Ndebele appearance in the regional court came as per the Prosecutor General (PG)'s decision handed down on 23 August 2019.

The PG's decision 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 Lewis Chigunwe .

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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency