OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON
District Court 2 was packed to capacity on Wednesday, November 29, for the second appearance of Thulani Kheswa, accused of being the Amandawe Gunman. Kheswa is facing 10 charges of armed robbery, 1 count of possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, 4 counts of murder and 2 counts of attempted murder. His case was remanded to December 6.
On Monday, November 27, no fewer than 4 males appeared in District Court 2 on charges of drunk driving. All 4 were remanded to January 12, 2018, pending the results of their respective blood alcohol analysis tests.
• A 42 year old father of 4 from Ilanga Farm pleaded guilty to possession of 2g of dagga. He was fined R200 or 20 days in prison. A mother of 4, from Amahlongwa, also pleaded guilty to possession of 3g of dagga. She admitted to a previous conviction for possession, when she had been cautioned and discharged. She was also fined R200 or 20 days in prison.
• Another 3 males appeared on separate charges of possession of small amounts of dagga, on November 30. All had spent the previous night in jail, as none was able to pay bail. Two of the men were cautioned and discharged. The youngest was referred to a social worker for counselling.
• A foreign national appeared on a charge of possession of cocaine. The court was informed that she had originally entered the country on an asylum seeker’s permit, but that the permit had since expired. As she was unable to provide the court with a verifiable address, she was remanded in custody pending a possible bail application hearing on December 5.
THEFT & ROBBERY
• A male pleaded guilty to a charge of theft from Checkers and told the court that he was very sorry for what he had done. He was then informed that he would be facing a second, more serious, charge of housebreaking. Against the magistrate’s advice, he elected to conduct his own defence. He was remanded in custody pending his next appearance on December 5.