KEETMANSHOOP, 13 JUN – Two men made their second appearance in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court on a charge of dealing in drugs on Monday.
John Mbongiseni, 46, a South African national and Giovanne Party Papa, 40, from Swaziland appeared before Magistrate Sunsley Sizengwe.
Mbongiseni was arrested on 05 May this year in Ariamsvlei with 60 parcels of cannabis after a customs officer got suspicious of the vehicle he was driving.
The officer told Mbongiseni to drive the vehicle to the scanner, where the cannabis was discovered. Papa was arrested the next day.
The cannabis weighed 17.105 kilogrammes and was valued at N.dollars 171 050.
Prosecutor Basson Lilungwe proposed to the magistrate that the vehicle that was used by the accused to transport the drugs be forfeited to the State.
Mbongiseni then told the court that he was not in a position to forfeit the vehicle to the State as he claimed that the car is not his and the owner of the car is in South Africa.
Sizengwe then postponed the case to 20 June for the sentencing of the two and also for a formal application for the forfeiture of the vehicle.
The two accused pleaded guilty to the charge when they made their first appearance in the Karasburg Magistrate’s Court on 29 May before Magistrate Salome Bampton, who postponed the case to 11 June 2018 for sentencing.
They remain in custody at the correctional facility in Keetmanshoop until their next court appearance in Karasburg.