Alleged drug dealer released on bail

Moses Mncwabe.


Amid much applause and glee from supporters, suspected drug dealer Moses Mncwabe, walked out of the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday after being granted R30 000 bail.

Local magistrate, Bessie Du Preez, in releasing Mncwabe on bail, said that no substantial proof had been provided that he would try to flee if released from custody.

Du Preez took into account the fact that Mncwabe is the sole bread winner in his family and that keeping him in jail to await trial, possibly for a lengthy spell, would hamper his ability to provide for his family.

Bail conditions include Mncwabe adhering to a strict schedule of reporting to a police station once a week and informing the investigating officer if he is to leave Pietermaritzburg while out on bail.

“Mncwabe has roots in his local community and it is highly unlikely that he would abandon his children,” said Du Preez when granting bail.

Mncwabe stated that he had previously been charged and stood trial on charges of drug dealing and had been given bail whereby he complied with his bail restrictions. The state did not argue against this.

Investigating officer, Captain JD Singh, opposed the state granting bail saying that Mncwabe would commit further offences to derive an income once granted bail.

“This is a lucrative business and is easy undeclared income,” said Singh, in reference to Mncwabe’s suspected drug dealing.

Du Preez stated that there was no evidence to suggest that Mncwabe’s businesses and family trust were fraudulent covers for his suspected drug dealing and there was no evidence to back up the state’s allegations that his business premises (in Oxford Street) was a drug house.

The case was adjourned to November 22.

Byrone Athman

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