crime: portion of ‘mandrax farm’ seized

2010-10-20 00:00

THE Assets Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has seized a portion of a farm near Ladysmith that was used to manufacture mandrax.

Thomas Ndaba, who owns the land, yesterday appeared in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court with Mandla and Bongani Shabalala.

They were charged last year for dealing in drugs after the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit swooped on the “factory” after a tip-off in June 2009.

Ndaba and the Shabalalas were arrested in the raid while they were watching a Bafana Bafana vs Spain match in a Confederations Cup, in the building used to manufacture the drugs.

It was reported that over R20 million worth of mandrax ingredients were confiscated in terms of organised crime legislation, along with sophisticated laboratory equipment.

The case was adjourned until May next year and the accused were remanded in custody.

— Witness Reporter.

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