MIDVAAL. – The Vaal Marina Police were patrolling the N1 when they came across a suspect taxi minibus parked near the road on April 13 at about 05:40. Communication officer Constable Brandy Matumise says that as they approached the driver of the white Toyota Quantum, he tried to hide something under some trees nearby before running off on foot – leaving a 27-year-old passenger behind.
The police searched the passenger as well as the taxi. They found 17 bags of dagga weighing in at 192,6kg with a street value of R600 000. The passenger alleged that he is innocent and had no idea what the driver was up to. “I hitch-hiked from Durban and I am on my way home to Katlehong Hostel near Vosloorus,” he told the police.
The man was arrested and charged with dealing. He appeared at the Meyerton Magistrates Court before the matter was postponed for further investigation to May 13. The 27- year-old suspect was granted R3000 bail with conditions.