Clive Ndou
1 minute read
5 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Accused in drug bust used fake passport

Clive Ndou

A drug trafficking accused in one of Durban's largest illicit substance busts yesterday admitted in court that she once used a false passport to leave South Africa.

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In her bail application statement read out at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court, North of Durban, Sibongile Mthembu, 36, told the court that she used a false passport to enter India.

“I went there to look for my child. I regret that,” she said, referring to her use of the fake passport.

Mthembu, who is accused of being part of a drug syndicate that smuggled drugs worth an estimated R6.5 million through Durban’s King Shaka International Airport two weeks ago, told the court she was forced to use the passport after Indian authorities barred her from entering the country following previous immigration violations.

The mother of three said she had to go to India because the father of her child, now living in India, was frustrating her efforts to gain access to the child. Mthembu, alongside Lindy Walker, 28, and Able du Plessis, 29, are applying for bail.

According to the indictment, Walker and Du Plessis were arrested on October 22 at King Shaka International after police found 36kg of crystal methamphetamine in their luggage. The two had just landed from India.

Mthembu was later arrested at Mahatma Gandhi Street (formerly Point Road) where police claim she had been waiting for Walker and Du Plessis to deliver the drugs to her.

In their bail application, Walker and Du Plessis, both from Johannesburg, stated that they were live-in partners. Du Plessis told the court that he was a panelbeater who earned R10 000 to R15 000 a month.

The State is opposing bail.