I only had vetkoek, your honour! Man gets R130k for bungled drug ...

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I only had vetkoek, your honour! Man gets R130k for bungled drug bust

Court finds he should have been released on bail, even though it doubts he was in mandrax den only to buy cakes

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A police bungle that saw an Eastern Cape man held for four days for being in possession of half a mandrax pill will cost the taxpayer R130,000 in compensation for his “unlawful” detention.

Acting judge Mickey Mfenyana, in a ruling handed down last week, found that police should have released Olwethu Kulati on bail, but instead turned a blind eye while he sat in a cell over the Easter weekend on a petty drug charge – all because he did not ask to be let go.

Mfenyana ordered that the police ministry compensate Kulati for the days he was held in custody...

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