Court postpones drug case against state official
THE drug case of a senior Western Cape government official was postponed by the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.
David McNamara, 48, was to have appeared but was recovering from a knee operation, his lawyer William Booth told the court.
Magistrate Ingrid Arntsen postponed the case and held over a warrant for McNamara's arrest.
He was arrested on June 28 last year in the Cape Town CBD, allegedly in possession of a broken bottle neck, used as a pipe to inhale the fumes of burning tik (crystal methamphetamine), and seven plastic bags containing tik residue.
He failed to appear in court in April, and a warrant of arrest was issued.
McNamara, who is the provincial community development director, is on special leave pending internal proceedings.
The department's special programmes unit, which is involved in combating drug abuse, was part of his portfolio.