Neighbours had described the two brothers and their wives as “decent”, “quiet”, “pleasant” and “polite” people.
But yesterday, brothers Njabulo Mahlangu and Sicelo, their wives Yvette Moekeetsi and Portua and their domestic worker Matilda Tepanjika, appeared in the Randburg Magistrate’s court. The five are charged with dealing with drugs and manufacturing of drugs.
They were arrested on Wednesday in a multi-million drug bust in their northern Joburg homes. At the two homes, one in Bryanston and another in Douglasdale, police recovered drugs and raw manufacturing material to the street value of R100 million.
State prosecutor Katlego Hlabangane described how the police had uncovered two refuse bags with powder to manufacture Mandrax, raw materials and two tablet pressers in one home. He also said that in the second home, police discovered 203 tablets, raw materials and two more tablet pressers on Wednesday morning.
Their bail hearing was set for Monday July 30, after Dolph Jonker, lawyer for the Mahlangus and Moekeetsi, asked that the date be set as early as possible as Moekeetsi had a three-month-old baby whom she still breastfed.