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Woman granted bail for drug possession

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A 32-year-old woman who was arrested when she collected a consignment of drugs from a courier company was granted R30,000 bail in the Cape Town District Court on Wednesday.

Bulelwa Yokwana, 32, mother of a six-year-old daughter, appeared before magistrate Moegamad Esau.

She was reportedly arrested on Monday after Time Freight courier personnel alerted the Hawks of a suspicious parcel awaiting collection at their premises in the Montague Gardens industrial area in Cape Town.

The State did not oppose bail. The prosecutor said Yokwana’s address in the Gugulethu township had been verified, and she had no previous convictions.

She also had no pending criminal cases and no outstanding arrest warrants, the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor suggested R50,000 bail, but the defence attorney said Yokwana only had R15,000 on her.

The defence said Yokwana was employed at Metropolitan Health.

Esau said the bail had to reflect the gravity of the offence, and fixed it at R30,000.

Yokwana was charged with dealing in 19,5 kg of tik (methamphetamine).

He said the whole of Cape Town would have been flooded with drugs had Yokwana not been caught, and he shuddered at the consequences.

The seriousness of the offence compelled the court to set stringent bail conditions, said Esau.

Yokwana was instructed to report to the police station three times a week.

The trial was postponed to April 29. SAPA

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