Suspects in court for possession of dagga and copper cables

Copper cables. Image used for illustration purposes. Image: Pixabay.

TONGA – Nine suspects appeared in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of possession of dagga and copper cables respectively, after they were arrested on December 29 by different police units in the Tonga cluster.

Two women and five men, aged between 18 and 37, were arrested in Langeloop after they were found in possession of copper cables. This was the result of an intelligence-driven operation by different police units in the Tonga cluster.

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Princess Nkosi (18), Philatwa Matsaba (19), Faruki Chauke (20), Sizwe Ntiwane (37), Lucky Silombo (29), Sandile Manyani (34) and Jumayeli Shongwe (27) are still in police custody after their first court appearance and are scheduled to appear in the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Friday for an official bail application.

During a routine police operation in Block C, two suspects were arrested for possession of dagga weighing 57,77kg.

Themba Kubhayi (37) and Vincent Ngomane (36) were travelling from Block C to Mbombela when their vehicle was stopped. Police searched it and found the dagga.

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The two men were granted bail of R1 500 each and need to be at the Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The SAPS Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Mondli Zumba congratulated the police officers on the arrests and urged them to continue the good work.

“Activities like the theft of copper cable destabilises life in more ways than one would care to imagine,” he stated. Zuma added that arrests and the fact that police take more criminals off the street helps ensure that the community experiences a safer festive season.

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