Scottburgh Court Round-up


• A mother and daughter appeared on a double charge of assault, after a drunken quarrel at their home in the Umkomaas area. The daughter charged her mother with punching her in the face, and the mother charged her daughter with biting her. Both ladies looked somewhat the worse for wear at their court appearance. The matter was resolved by means of alternate dispute resolution.


• Monday, February 19, saw 12 males (6 from the Scottburgh area and 6 from the Unkomaas area), between the ages of 18 and 32 years, appear in court on separate charges of possession of dagga. All 12 pleaded guilty to their respective charges. Two were fined R200 or 20 days in prison, one (a schoolboy from a local high school) was referred to a social worker, and the other 9 were all cautioned and discharged, all of them having spent at least one night in the police cells, over the weekend.

• Two awaiting-trial accused provided some action in District Court 3 when one of the accused, who was appearing on bail, was found to have slipped a package of dagga to his co-accused, in a box of cigarettes. His co-accused was being held in custody. Both men will be transferred to the Regional Court to stand trial in April. The would-be provider of drugs was taken to the Scottburgh Police Station and ordered to scrub out one of the police trucks, before being released on bail, once again.

• A father of 2 appeared on a charge of possession of 626 g of dagga. The prosecutor indicated that the charge would be altered from possession of dagga, to dealing in dagga which carries a higher penalty. The accused was remanded in custody pending the payment of R1 000 bail. He will reappear on March 12.


• Defence Attorney Gharbaharan, representing sentenced prisoner Thulani Zungu, withdrew his application for leave to appeal Zungu’s sentence, after it was explained to Zungu that his appeal would be heard in a higher court, and that he could be facing an increased sentence of 7-10 years. Zungu is currently serving a 3 year sentence for theft.

• Sandile Michael Mthembu, who absconded in November 2017 while out on R500 bail, was finally brought to court on Monday, February 19. Mthembu, who is facing 1 charge of housebreaking and 1 charge of malicious damage to property, was granted R300 bail (having forfeited his previous bail of R500). His case was remanded to March 13, when his co-accused on the housebreaking charge, will be ordered to reappear in court as well. Mthembu was most indignant at the prospect of being held in custody if he could not raise the money for the new bail amount, as he told the court that he was battling to earn enough money as a taxi driver to pay his rent.

• A housebreaking case that has been dragging on since May 2017, was struck off the roll by the presiding magistrate when neither the complainant nor the accused arrived for the trial on Wednesday, February 21. Magistrate van Aarde commented that if he had been waiting that long for his case to be heard, he would also have disappeared.

• Two males linked to a case of housebreaking had their cases remanded to March 14, as the same attorney could not defend both accused on their separate counts. One of the men is accused of stealing the goods, while the other man is accused of buying the stolen goods. The alleged purchaser will be testifying against the alleged housebreaker.


• A male pleaded guilty to driving at a speed of 180 kph on the N2. He was fined R8 000 or 8 months in prison, half suspended for 5 years.

MSCRS Reporter

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