“Space cookie” doping scandal accused charged with 9 counts of attempted murder

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The two men accused of selling drugged muffins to Soshanguve school pupils have been charged with nine counts of attempted murder as investigations into the case continue.

Earlier this week, 90 pupils ranging from grade R to grade 7 were hospitalised after consuming the muffins sold to them by the street vendors.

They have all now been discharged from hospital.

Amukelani Nyalunga (19) and his 21-year-old co-accused Ofentse Maluleke made a brief appearance in the Soshanguve Magistrate Court this afternoon.

Proceedings had to be cut short due to hygiene concerns following the disruption of water services in the community.

The suspects will return to court next Friday.


Until then – the duo will remain in custody with residents’ adamant the suspected drug dealers will not be welcomed back to the community.

Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane, has welcomed the police’s swift action in the matter.

“We are hopeful that they can apprehend more scrupulous individuals who may be involved in this criminal act, which can stand as a deterrent to others who seek to peddle drugs to our learners. We are grateful that most of the affected learners are recovering and wish those who are still not well a speedy recovery,” said MEC Chiloane. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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