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Ex-District Administrator arrested over mbanje

by Sukulwenkosi Dube
02 Mar 2016 at 07:48hrs | Views
A FORMER Plumtree District Administrator has been arrested for selling marijuana, known locally as mbanje.

Khululeka Charmer Mabuza, 45, of Rangeo Suburb in Plumtree, said he had been struggling to secure a job after he resigned from local government about 10-years-ago in search of greener pastures.

He said poverty had driven him to sell the illegal drug.

Plumtree magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa yesterday convicted Mabuza on his own plea of guilty to unlawful possession of marijuana.

Ruvetsa sentenced him to nine months imprisonment and suspended three months for five years on condition that he does not within the period commit an offence of a similar nature.

The remaining six months were further suspended on condition that he performs 210 hours of community service at Plumtree High School.

Rose Sibanda, for the State, said detectives received information that Mabuza was selling dagga from his house on February 28. They proceeded to his house where they found his wife, Marble Mabuza.

"Upon searching the bedroom they found about 0,43kg of loose dagga which was hidden in a green travellers' bag. Marble revealed that the dagga belonged to her husband and that he sold it as a source of living resulting in his immediate arrest," said Sibanda.

In another case, a 68-year-old Bulilima granny was ordered to pay a $150 fine for selling marijuana from her homestead.

Elizabeth Ncube of Tshankwa area was convicted on her own plea of guilty to unlawful possession of dangerous drugs by Plumtree magistrate, Livard Philemon.

Ncube told the court she had resorted to selling dagga to raise money for medication.

She was found in possession of 0,086 kilograms of marijuana.

Source - chronicle