WESTERN CAPE – The eradication of drug abuse and trafficking as well as efforts to prevent it from entering our provincial borders are yielding excellent results following yet another hefty sentence that was imposed on two drug mules earlier this week.
The 36-year-old Mzuvukile Mabunga and 28-year-old Bundu Gobile, both from Mtabankulu, appeared in the Beaufort West regional court on Monday, 24 August 2020 on a charge of dealing in drugs (Mandrax tablets) following their initial arrest during July 2017. They were then found in possession of 640kg of compressed dagga to the estimated value of R1.28m. They were both sentenced to sixteen (16) years imprisonment of which three (3) years were suspended for five (5) years.
Officials of the Provincial Traffic Department were busy conducting routine vehicle checks on the N-1 near Leeu-Gamka where they pulled over a Toyota Hilux bakkie with two occupants during a routine inspection. On approach they detected a strong cannabis odour and upon searching the bakkie, they discovered the consignment of dagga wrapped in brown sellotape. Subsequent to the find, both were arrested and the consignment of dagga was confiscated.
Western Cape Provincial management has commended all the members involved, in particular the traffic officer who affected the initial arrest, for their dedication and vigilance which led to the arrest and subsequent conviction. This harsh sentence imposed on the pedlars should act as a deterrent and warning to other potential mules to rather obey the Laws of our country in being citizens of exemplary stature.

Source: South African Police Service

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