Five in court over shipment of drugs to Australia


Five men appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on the East Rand on Friday in connection with a huge shipment of drugs (worth R500 million) that was seized in Australia last month.

The Australian authorities seized the shipment of five bags of 100 kg each on October 7 after the shipment arrived in Australia from South Africa.

Col. Katlego Mogale, spokesperson for the Hawks, says Stanley Nkuna (33), Justice Mahloma (44), Madimetje Mahangwhane (41), Thulani Sibiya (31) and Fuba Mahlangu (40) were finally arrested this week in connection with this consignment.

Mahlangu and Sibiya were arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday and Nkuna in Tembisa. Mahloma and Mashangwhane were arrested in Boksburg.

All five men appeared in the dock this morning on charges of drug trafficking, breaching the Civil Aviation Act and breaching the Customs and Excise Act before the case was adjourned until next week.

The five accused are expected to then apply for bail.

The exact details regarding their alleged involvement are not clear.

Mogale says the possibility of more arrests cannot be ruled out.