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Twenty in Rustenburg court for alleged drug dealing, possession

RUSTENBURG, March 3 – Twenty men arrested for dealing and possession of drugs appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The Nigerian men appeared late on Friday afternoon after they were arrested during operation Kolomaka on Thursday, a woman arrested with them did not appear in court, she was reported to be at a medical facility after she fell ill in custody.

Their case was postponed to March 12 for bail application. They are facing charges of dealing and possession of drugs as well as contravention of Sexual Offences Act.

North West police said the arrest followed an intensive investigation which commenced at the beginning of February to deal with alleged illicit drug dealings and brothels at various residences in Rustenburg and Tlhabane.

Cocaine with an estimated street value of R400,000 and cash amount of R53,000 were seized after being found in possession of the men, four vehicles worth R550,000 were confiscated as instruments of crime.

On January 21, 14 other Nigerian men were arrested for public violence, after they allegedly blocked access to the Rustenburg police station, they complained that they were being attacked and the police were not helping them, some allegedly damaged three vehicles in Waterval before assaulting and robbing people in Rustenburg Noord in a suspected revenge attack on locals.

This was after taxi drivers led a “raid” on drug addicts and drug dealers, claiming to clean the city off drugs. Eight guest houses suspected of operating as brothels and drug dens were set alight.

Taxi drivers raided drug dens after a taxi driver Lebogang Motlhabane, was killed, he was allegedly abducted, robbed and stabbed by drug addicts on December 15, 2017. He was found tied in a bushy area near Meriting on December 27. He died in hospital on January 3.

– African News Agency (ANA),

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