Two men were stripped of their rights for being in possession of dagga instead of the receipts for the clothes on their back, the shoes on their feet or the property they had on them in Umzumbe recently.
Warrant Officer Christo Mostert from Port Shepstone Crime Intelligence and Officer Devlyn Abbott from Hibiscus Coast Municipality’s Law Enforcement department were routinely conducting “special operations”, probably eating doughnuts, when Sibani Phila Hlophe (21) and Maxwell Maduna (23) came walking in their direction.
Hlophe was found to be in possession of a cellphone and two laptops, for which he could not provide the receipts.
Maduna was found in possession of dagga weighing 34 grams. He was arrested and charged, and paid an admission of guilt fine and he now has a criminal record for the possession of dagga.
Hlophe appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court where the case was postponed to the 7th of November for bail application. The officer investigating the matter is Detective Warrant Officer Marc John.