Prison wardern arrested for dealing in drugs

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga

A 37-year-old Tinyiko Claudia Mathebula, a prison warden, employed at Paxton Correctional Services in Witbank, appeared before the Witbank Magistrate Court on Thursday. Mathebula was arrested in the early hours of the morning today.

She was nabbed by members of the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team in Mpumalanga together with  Dog Unit (K9) Middelburg and Crime Intelligence Witbank for Contravention of Drug and Drugs Trafficking Act.

Captain Dineo Sekgotodi of Mpumalanga Hawks said the joint police team swiftly acted on information received about the prison warden who was allegedly dealing in drugs. “A search warrant was obtained and executed at the house of the suspect.”

“An assortment of drugs that include 2 474.4 grams of Crystal meth, 79.8 grams of cocaine, 1.6 grams of cocaine rock, 15.4 grams of heroin worth an all-inclusive value of R870 000.00 as well as cash notes totalling R70 000,00 were found and seized for further investigation.”

The accused was released on R3 ‪000. 00 bail and the case is postponed to 27 January 2022 for further investigation.

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