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SOUTH AFRICA: Pastor arrested for drug smuggling

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A Western Cape pastor has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs at the Buffeljags correctional services centre in Swellendam, the department of correctional services said on Sunday.

Department spokesman Simphiwe Xako said the guards discovered dagga, Mandrax tablets and six sachets containing tik on Saturday night.

The drugs were found hidden on him during a routine search before entering the prison, Xako said.

"The pastor was one of the clergymen granted access to prisons in the Swellendam area, as part of a spiritual rehabilitation programme."

The group regularly visited about eight correctional prisons in the Swellendam area.

The guards at the centre detained the pastor until the police could arrest him.

He was expected to appear in the Swellendam Magistrate's court on Monday.