70 ID books, 56 bank cards, 3 passports and drugs worth R60 000 – Gogo (72) to face music after bust

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The 72-year-old gogo is in jail after the Anti Crime Unit members got a tip-off about the suspicious activities happening in her house.
The 72-year-old gogo is in jail after the Anti Crime Unit members got a tip-off about the suspicious activities happening in her house.

When police knocked on her door, she first refused to open. But once they went in, they couldn't believe the loot they found in her house in Matlakeng, Zestron in Free State. 

South Africans are still talking about the granny who was bust with thousands of rands worth of drugs. When police announced the arrest, with a picture of her facing the other way, there were questions. 

Were police sure they had the right person, South Africans asked. 

But yes, a 72-year-old is behind bars for possession of drugs, bank cards and passports. She appeared in court today and her case was postponed to 7 September for bail application. 

The gogo was busted on Monday after the Anti Crime Unit members got a tip-off about the suspicious activities happening in her house while they were patrolling.

It is alleged that community members saw youngsters frequently going in and out of the yard because she lives alone. The unit that is specialised in busting crimes of the kind in the area. 

Speaking to Drum, the provincial Corporate Communication and Liason, Sergeant Peter Kareli, says the police already had the address and when they got to the house they found the elderly woman alone. She initially didn't want to open it for the police, they searched the house and were shocked to discover what they found in the house. 

"Information led members to Dinotshing and upon arrival, they searched the house and found drugs such as Mandrax and Chrystal Meth with a street value of about R60 000. Members continued the search and further found more than 70 identity documents, 1 driver's license, 3 passports, 56 different bank cards, and an undisclosed amount of money," he says. 

He says she still didn't want to say anything to the police and says she will wait until she appears in court before sharing her side of the story. He says because of her age, it might seem like someone had wanted those things in her house but when she was being interrogated she seemed like a person who is aware of the merit of this incident and with further investigation, they found out that she has been living alone for a while. 

"We cannot speculate that she is a loan shark because of the number of identity books that were found in the house. We are waiting to interview the owners of the IDs so we can have accurate information on how their IDs ended up with the old lady. And so far, the only family member is a young boy who came to see her after she was arrested." 

Sergeant Kareli says the 72-year-old woman was arrested for dealing in drugs, contravention of National Credit Act 34 of 2005 under the prevention of organised Crime Act (POCA).  She will make her appearance in the Zastron Magistrate Court for bail. 

This is not the first case where an elderly woman was arrested for drug related charges this year. 

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In May, an 82-year-old woman was found with R3 000 worth of dagga. She managed to escape jail time though.  

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