Call for school vendor vetting as men accused of drugging learners return to court

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The National Association of School Governing Bodies (Nasgb) has pleaded with metro police to do random searches and make sure street vendors are selling safe food to learners.

The organisation is also advocating for the vetting of the vendors.

Its call follows the hospitalisation of 90 Soshanguve pupils after eating drug-laced muffins allegedly sold to them by street vendors last month.

Amukelani Nyalunga (19),  Ofentse Maluleka (21), and Katlego Matlala (29), have since been arrested for the incident and are due to apply for bail before the Soshanguve Magistrate Court this morning.

The three men face 28 counts of attempted murder.

Residents have vowed never to allow them back into their community.

Parents of the affected learners say the suspects have betrayed them. They say while the trio is not known to them – one of the suspects was often seen hanging around the school.

David Nkosi, whose daughter was rushed to hospital after eating the “space cookies”, says the man used to hang around the school, loitering with a group of other men.

The concerned parent says the incident has been a wake up call to the residents, who are calling for police to clamp down on suspicious activity in the area.

He says they will remain cautious of what they buy from local vendors. Article by Naomi Kobbie 

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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