‘Space cookies’ accused allegedly threatened young victims

todayOctober 5, 2023 74

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The Soshanguve Magistrate Court has heard how the suspects accused of selling drug-laced muffins to Pulamadibogo Primary School pupils had allegedly threatened children who refused to eat the cakes.

Amukelani Nyalunga (19), Ofentse Maluleka (21), and Katlego Matlala (29) returned to the court yesterday for formal bail applications.

Ninety primary school children were hospitalised last month after eating “space cookies” allegedly sold to them by the suspects.

Prosecutors have detailed what ensued in the moments leading up to the mass doping.

It’s understood accused number three, Matlala, prepared the muffins, while the two younger suspects were tasked with selling them.

Speaking to YNews- one affected parent says she’d often see him at the local get-togethers.

It’s further alleged that some victims, many as young as seven, were forced to eat the muffins under threats of violence from the suspects.

Community members protested outside court, calling for the magistrate not to grant the accused bail.

The state agrees with them, saying the suspects’ release would compromise the safety of the young victims.

The matter has been remanded to the 20th of October for a ruling on their bail application.

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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