Group in court who wanted to smuggle R500 million worth of drugs to Australia


Five persons appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in connection with the illegal smuggling of drugs into Australia via the OR Tambo International Airport.

Stanley Nkuna (33), Justice Mahloma (44), Madimetje Mahangwhane (41), Thulani Sibiya (31) and Fuba Mahlangu (40) have been in custody since 15 November 2023 when they were arrested by the Hawks’ unit in Gauteng, which has serious organized crime. crime investigation, was arrested.

“The five accused were allegedly involved in smuggling drugs to the value of R500 million to Australia. A shipment of five bags of drugs of 100 kg each was found during a drug raid on 7 October 2023 in Australia,” says col. Katlego Mogale, spokesperson for the directorate for priority crime investigations (the Falcons).

They have already appeared in court several times for their applications for bail.

“During the court proceedings, the supervising officer indicated that the accused were not transparent in terms of evidence to support the court in making an informed decision regarding their bail.”

Accused 1, 4 and 5’s applications for bail were rejected as it would not be in the interest of justice as they failed to submit extraordinary circumstances evidence for their applications for bail, says Mogale. Accused 2 and 3 were released on bail of R15 000 each on the condition that they may not leave the province without permission.

The case was adjourned until 30 April 2024.