21 April 2019


Police find a drug-manufacturing lab in Boons near Rustenburg


Obakeng Maje


A 54-year-old female suspect has been arrested on a farm in Boons outside Rustenburg, in what police believe is a case of running a drug manufacturing laboratory.

Police discovered the dubious suspicious activities on the farm on Tuesday night during a routine rural safety patrol.

Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, commended the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Boons for their swift action as soon as they began suspecting something was amiss on the farm.

During Tuesday night patrols, police allegedly saw two men running away from the farm, whose gates were locked. Police managed to force entry into the farm and discovered that drugs manufacturing activities were taking place there. Drugs sludge was found being cooked on stoves while others were still in several drums. On the same night police also found drugs suspected to be mandrax as well as other chemicals used to manufacture drugs. They are all worth an estimated street value of over R8-million.

The arrested woman is the owner of the property, but cannot be named until she makes a plea in court. The suspect is expected to appear in the Koster Magistrates' Court on Friday 14 October, where she will face charges of Contravention of Section 3 (manufacture and supply of scheduled substances) and Section 5 (dealing in drugs) of Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992 (Act No.140 of 1992).

Premier Mahumapelo praised the SAPS for the police's efforts and determination in the fight against drug related crimes. He said drugs were ruining the future of South Africa's young people.

"We congratulate the SAPS for their dedication and determination in the fight against crime as this contributes significantly to our efforts to rebrand, reposition and renew Bokone Bophirima," said Mahumapelo.

He said the SAPS' determination to intensify the fight against crime and any other illegal activities including drug-manufacturing laboratories like the one found on a Boons farm, will go a long way in eliminating these illegal activities.

It also emerged that a police officer on the scene refused a bribe of R60 000 to make the case go away.

Community Safety and Transport Management MEC Dr Mokgantshang Mpho Motlhabane commended the SAPS for the tremendous work, in particular for refusing the bribe. "You have done a sterling work and we want to applaud you for this. We must clean the province. These people are destroying our society, now we must make their planning very difficult. They must know that they don't have space in the province," he said.

This is second major drugs arrest success following the one in which police in Kopfontein Port of Entry found drugs worth R70-million hidden in a false compartment of a truck that was entering South Africa from Botswana. The accused in this case are expected to appear in the Zeerust Magistrates' Court on Friday, 28 October 2016.