The Low’s Creek Periodical Court granted bail to Sibusiso Malwane (33) from Nkomazi, Block C on November 23.
According to the Mpumalanga spokesperson for the NPA, Monica Nyuswa, Malwane was arrested by the Flying Squad on the R38/Barberton Road on November 13.
“They stopped a white Toyota Quantum with tinted windows, allegedly driven by the accused, and allegedly found 23 illegal immigrants in the 15-seater. Among the occupants were 14 Pakistani nationals, nine Bangladeshi nationals and two minors,” she said.
“When inspecting the vehicle, the police officers discovered that it was custom-made to accommodate the victims. In that Quantum, only the seat behind the driver and the back seat were intact, and the middle seats were removed. The accused was subsequently arrested and remanded in custody.”
Nyuswa said during the bail application, which the state opposed, the court found that there were exceptional circumstances that permitted the accused to be released on bail.
She said the accused was granted bail of R3 000 on certain conditions.
The accused must surrender his passport to the investigating officer before paying his bail.
He must report to the Tonga Police Station twice a week, must inform the investigating officer when leaving Mpumalanga, must attend court until the matter is finalised, and he must not commit any offenses while on bail.
The case was postponed to February 15, 2024, for further investigation.