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Woman sentenced for possession of drugs, illegal immigration

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A 29-year-old woman was found guilty and sentenced for the possession of drugs and illegal immigration by the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

A 29-YEAR-old woman, Thandeka Maseko, was found guilty and sentenced for the possession of drugs and illegal immigration by the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Northern Cape Hawks spokesperson Nothandazo Mnisi said Maseko was arrested after a tip-off.

“The accused was arrested in May 2022 by the Hawks Serious Crime Investigation team after the team received information about a delivery of dagga from Johannesburg to Kimberley. The team responded swiftly and identified a minibus taxi, whereby it was searched and dagga weighing 2.8 kilograms was found in a travel bag of the accused. It was further established that the accused was in the country illegally. She was then also charged with Contravention of the Immigration Act.”

Mnisi added that Maseko was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for five years, or liable to pay a fine on the illegal possession of drugs charge.

“Maseko was sentenced to a fine of R20,000 or 20 months imprisonment of which half of the sentence was suspended for five years on condition that the accused is not convicted of any offence relating to possession and dealing in drugs during the period of the suspension. On count two, Maseko was sentenced to R2,000 or three months imprisonment. Half of the sentence was suspended for a period of three years on condition that the accused is not convicted of the same offence during the period of the suspension. The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm,” said Mnisi.

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