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NPA not opposed to Mike Mangena bail decision

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Sports legend, Mike Mangena, was granted R50 000 bail after being arrested, last week, for allegedly manufacturing Mandrax with three others at his Hillside farm.

NPA spokesperson, Phindi Mjonondwane, says that they take no issue with the outcome of the today’s session in the trial of sporting legend Mike Mangena at Randfontein Magistrate’s Court.

“As a state, we did not oppose such a bail application, as we believe the interest of justice permits his release,” Mjonondwane said in an interview with Jacaranda FM. Mangena was granted R50 000 bail after being charged with manufacturing illegal drugs.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Brenda Muridili, said the accused persons were arrested on Mangena’s farm in Hillside, Randfontein, after a police raid on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Police said the group used the property to manufacture Mandrax. Muridili said forensic investigators were still gathering evidence at the crime scene and would determine the value of the drugs soon.

The raid was conducted following a crime intelligence operation. “The multi-disciplinary team observed the smallholding for a period of time until they were satisfied that they had enough evidence to apply for a search warrant,” Muridili said.

The three co-accused, namely More Maqoaelane, William Kazipata and Kennedy Tsogolane, did not apply for bail. SowetanLive reports it had been discovered that the three were “in the country illegally”. They will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Thursday, 21 November 2018.

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