CAPE TOWN – The vigilance of a Bellville court orderly led to the arrest of a 39-year-old lawyer this morning after he was caught in possession of drugs, ostensibly meant for an accused he was representing.
The court orderly was on duty at the Bellville Regional Court when he noticed the lawyer with a green plastic bag, which drew his attention. During the court proceedings, the lawyer was excused by the presiding magistrate due to the suspicion that he was intoxicated. As he left the court, the court orderly followed him and conducted a search which resulted in the discovery of 200 mandrax tablets and tik to the combined street value of R9600-00 found in the green plastic bag he was carrying with him.
The lawyer who resides in Khayelitsha was arrested and is expected to make his court appearance at the same court where he was arrested once he has been charged. The circumstances surrounding the matter are still under police investigation.