Gogo busted with mandrax and tik worth more than R30 000 after cops tipped off gets R1 000 bail

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An elderly Mdantsane woman has been charged for possession of and dealing in drugs.
An elderly Mdantsane woman has been charged for possession of and dealing in drugs.
Peter Eland

Baking, spending time with grandchildren or even occasionally working on the vegetable patch in the backyard.

Those are just some of the things people think of when they see a 73-year-old granny.

Everyone trusts sweet old ladies because they are usually harmless.

If there were ever a police raid, she would be the least suspicious person there.

That is why it was shocking when an elderly woman was arrested in Mdantsane on Monday for possession of and dealing in drugs.

Noluthando Mbokwana (73) was arrested with another suspect, Thembalethu Liwani (33), following a tip-off police received.

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Police spokesperson Captain Hazel Mqala tells Drum the information police received was that the gogo was not only selling vegetables at her stall at Highway Taxi Rank.

“The officers acted on the information they received and went to investigate. They then searched her bag and found tik and mandrax,” Captain Mqala says.

She was arrested on 23 January.

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Some of the drugs found on the gogo.
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Some of the drugs found on the gogo.

She was nabbed by the Mdantsane Crime Prevention members and it is alleged that the police officers confiscated 50 packets of tik and 410 mandrax tablets to the estimated street value of R36 000,00.

Police say the gogo was arrested on charges of possession of and dealing in drugs.

“An undisclosed of money was also confiscated.”

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luxolo Tyali confirmed that the two suspects, who were arrested at different times, appeared briefly at the Mdantsane Magistrate’s Court.

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“The matter has been postponed to 3 March for further investigation and the accused have been released on R1 000 bail.”

Tyali says the granny’s ripe age will not influence the prosecution.

“The South African law is very clear that the capacity to commit a crime starts from the age of 12 and it never ends. We will prosecute, regardless of age, and justice will take its course.”  

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