The five accused, Stanley Nkuna (33), Justice Mahloma(44), Madimetje Mahangwhane (41), Thulani Sibiya (31) and Fuba Mahlangu (40) appeared in the Kempton Park today, 17 November 2023 on charges of drug trafficking, contravention of the Civil Aviation Act and contravention of the Customs and Excise Act after a large drugs consignment was recently confiscated in Australia. The quintet case was postponed to 23 November 2023 for formal bail application.
The quintet is alleged to have had a hand in a R500 million drug bust where the consignment of 5 bags of 100kg each were recovered in Australia on 7 October 2023 and five suspects arrested as result.
The quintet was arrested on Wednesday, 15 November 2023 in a joint operation spearheaded by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in concert with the Australian Federal Police, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police, Airports Company of South Africa, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Menzies Avaiation and Swissport. Mahlangu and Sibiya were arrested at ORTIA, Nkuna in Tembisa, Mahloma and Mashangwhane in Boksburg.
The investigation is continuing and the DPCI does not rule out the possibility of more suspects being arrested.