On Tuesday 6 December 2022, the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court convicted and sentenced Zolile Zikalala (42) to ten years imprisonment or to pay a fine of R1 million for dealing in drugs.
In October 2020 two accused, Zolile Zikalala (42) and Katlego Phahlane (26) were intercepted on the N3 near Hilton in Pietermaritzburg.
They were found in possession of 30 000 mandrax tablets to the street value of approximately R1.5 million and were placed under arrest.
They were both released on bail and Phahlane was acquitted during trial.
Hawks members continued with their intensive investigation that led to the arrest of the six more accused in May this year.
During their arrest four jaws of crack cocaine and R54 080.00 cash, suspected to be proceeds of crime were seized.
The six accused, Thembile Radebe (50), Givenson Khumalo (32), Nomusa Radebe (44), Gugulethu Nkabini (43) Themba Khumalo (34) and Nokuthula Zuma (45) will continue with their trial on 3 February 2023.