Drug accused says her cash came from chutney-making

2014-01-09 00:00

A MOTHER described as a drug kingpin by the SAPS says the police have got it all wrong, claiming she is nothing more than a housewife with a successful lime chutney business who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Ommie Sheik Mohomed (43) was among 12 people arrested after a raid at a home on Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, on December 30, when R5 million worth of drugs, including mandrax and heroin, was found.

At the bail application for 11 of those arrested, held at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court, Mohomed said she not a drug kingpin and that the R220 000 found in her safety deposit box at the Gateway Shopping Centre was the proceeds of her successful home industries business, with her product — Zahra’s Lime Chutney — being sold at various stores in Durban.

“I am not a drug kingpin. I was denied representation by my attorney. I was threatened by various policemen and I am told by my daughter that one of the policemen said, ‘Let this bitch die’ when I passed out during the arrest. I have been embarrassed by all of this,” said Mohomed.

Her daughter, Jameelah Bibi Sheik Mohomed (24), is also among the accused.

Several of the other accused claim they were at the house to see a man known as Yusaf Moodi.

Police at the court said they had not heard of Moodi, but lawyers representing the accused believe he is the brains behind a drug ring and is on the run.

Mohomed was granted R100 000 bail, while the 10 others were released on payment of R50 000 each. The 12th suspect, Hassan Gihunga (35), did not apply for bail.

According to prosecutor Dinesh Nandkissor, Gihunga had previously been charged with fraud and narcotics-related offences.

Mohomed said she had stopped at the Umhlanga home while on her way to a Muslim fair at the Durban Exhibition Centre, while several of her co-accused said they had been visiting a relative at the house.

The matter was postponed to March 7.

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