Police probing drug-laced sweets at schools

Police probing drug-laced sweets at schools

Gauteng Police have launched a massive manhunt for a suspect, believed to have given drug-laced sweets to children at three primary schools in south of Johannesburg. 

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At least 60 children fell ill and were treated in hospital for various symptoms.

According to Johannesburg Metro Police's Edna Mamonyane, they are not sure what kind of drug it was, but the man's identity is known to them and an arrest is expected soon.

"Authorities rushed to South Hills Primary after the principal called EMS. Kids were taken to hospital and tested positive for drugs," Mamonyane said.


She added that the children were treated and then released, adding that the kids confirmed that they ate some sweets that they were given by a stranger.

The Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi visited the children in hospital yesterday where they were treated for stomach cramps and vomiting. 

Education spokesperson Oupa Bodibe says two children remain in a critical condition in hospital.

"We wish the learners a speedy recovery," Bodibe told Jacaranda FM News.

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