THABAZIMBI – A lady, currently residing in Thabazimbi, but originally from Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, was arrested on 23 September and sentenced on 28 September in the Thabazimbi District Court after 38,09kg of dagga, with a street value of R35 000, was found in her possession.
Rosie Ntombi Jujebe (47), although being denied bail, was sentenced to a R2 000 fine or 6 months’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for 3 years on condition that she is not convicted of dealing or possession of dagga committed during the period of suspension. Jujebe has been fined before for possession of dagga.
Good police work by members of the newly created Tekkie Squad (of the Crime Prevention Unit) of the Thabazimbi Police Station lead to the find, which was cunningly hidden between the walls of a house, belonging to Jujebe, in Apiesdoorn, near Regorogile.
After information was received that a consignment dagga was delivered to the premises, it was staked out for a couple of hours before the house was searched.
After a search of almost 3 hours no dagga was found and the team was ready to throw in the towel. However, one of the Squad members insisted that he smelled dagga in the house.
Upon closer inspection it was found the two rooms of the corrugated iron house were differently sized. The separating wall was investigated and it was found that it consisted of a double wall with enough space in between to accommodate big black bags full of dagga.
Five of these bags full of dagga were found in the house. The dagga in some of the bags was already parcelled and is sold on the street as chibuku.
According to Capt Thapela, head of the Crime Prevention Unit, they have been battling for a long time to arrest the suspect. She has been fined several times for possession of dagga, but never before has such a big volume been found in Jujebe’s possession.
Capt Thapela said that so far the success rate of the Tekkie Squad, which has been in existence for about a month, has been very good, since all the cases they have worked on, has lead to arrests. They work in plain clothes which enhances the process of information gathering.