Police in Port Shepstone, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, were shocked to discovernumerous parcels of dagga had been tied to the undercarriage of a motor vehicle.
Superintendent Zandra Hechter said that Detective Inspector Koos Prinsloo and some of his colleagues were conducting a roadblock along a toll road in Port Shepstone on Wednesday night when they made the discovery.
"A white Isuzu bakkie with a ND registration was stopped. Upon investigation, 24 parcels containing dagga were found tied to the chassis. The vehicle was en route to Durban from Flagstaff."
"Four people, including a woman, were arrested for dealing in 80,65kg of dagga."
She said that the driver, Sajini Mkhuzwa, 32, tried to bribe the investigating officer by offering him R2000 to release them. The attempt earned him an additional charge of corruption.
Mkhuzwa and the other accused, Thembalihle Msendwa, 24, Mpendulo Mkhuzwa, 25, and Nolwazi Hobhu, 20, appeared in the Port Shepstone magistrate's court yesterday. The case was remanded to next Monday for a bail application.
l Meanwhile, a 30-year old man employed by the SAPS as an administration clerk at Ibisi police station was arrested yesterday afternoon for allegedly shooting his woman friend.
The suspect allegedly had access to one of the safes where firearms were kept and took a state firearm, a 9mm pistol.
"He then proceeded to an informal settlement where he approached and shot Noxolo Zondani, 31, in both arms and in the chest," Hechter said.
"She was admitted to Rietvlei Hospital in a critical condition. The suspect was arrested for attempted murder and will appear in the Umzimkhulu magistrate's court tomorrow."