- Mangena was arrested last week after a drug-manufacturing factory was found on his property
- The retired Kaizer Chiefs striker was released on R50 000 bail
- Twitter has reacted towards his arrest and release
Mike Mangena, a retired soccer player who used to play for Kaizer Chiefs as a striker, was arrested last week after a drug-manufacturing factory was found on a farm that belonged to him, in Randfontein, Johannesburg. He was arrested along with 3 other co-accused, who were in the country illegally.
The Sowetan reported that Mangena was released on R50 000 bail today, but his co-accused were kept in custody as they were in the country illegally. The co-accused abandoned their bail application. After Mangena was arrested last week, EWN reported that Mangena requested that he be kept at the local police station instead of at a correctional facility. His legal representative said that Mangena has medical needs.
A police task unit had been observing Mangena’s property, and when they had enough evidence were granted a search warrant, which they used to raid the property. According to a report by IOL, the police discovered chemicals and machines used to manufacture the drug Mandrax.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Mangena’s arrest, stating that the operation to bust the drug manufactures was a joint operation by the Hawks, the local anti-gang unit and the national crime intelligence.
Mangena was a well-known soccer player in the 1980’s, and played for Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, after which he was an analyst for SABC.
Open News SA tweeted that the community was in full force during Mangena’s court appearance, however, it is not clear if they were there to support him.
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