KWADUKUZA – Five suspects including two police officers were found in possession of R40 000 worth of heroin on Sunday, March 19 at 9:45 pm at the Tongaat Toll Plaza.
A whopping 398 heroin tablets were found in the boot of a Toyota Etios, severely implicating the driver, a police man, who was also charged for driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. In addition to this, the driver was found to be in possession of 100 additional heroin tablets. Two police officers were released on R10 000 bail each whilst their accomplices were released on bail of R2000 each. The arrested suspects have been identified as Michael Ahmed Chula (37), Mondli Masondo (23), Mlungisi Mjoli (31), Sifiso Mthethwa (32) and Sphamandla Shozi (32).
As Police received information of a vehicle transporting drugs from Chatsworth to KwaDukuza, the Tongaat Police intercepted the vehicle along the N3 freeway in a joint operation. Four passengers, which included the second policeman were also arrested and charged accordingly. Housebreaking implements were also found in the vehicle. The Hawks have taken over the investigation.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the arrest of the police officers and their accomplices. “We have always said that we will act decisively against police officers who are involved in crime and these arrests are once again a confirmation of our promise,” said Langa.
An internal investigation is already underway to ensure that disciplinary measures will be instituted against the police officers. “We certainly do not need police officers of such a calibre in our employ and we encourage the community to continue to report corrupt activities by police officials to us,” said Langa.
The suspects appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court facing charges for dealing in drugs.