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Arrest Made: Municipal Worker Accused of Selling Cough Medicine to Vanderbijlpark Learners



municipal worker was arrested for selling cough medicine

In a concerning incident, a municipal worker was arrested for selling cough medicine to Vanderbijlpark learners. The 53-year-old municipal employee from Emfuleni Local Municipality was apprehended last week.

Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens, known as the ‘Green Beans’ or ‘Panya Panyas’, reportedly arrested the man at the Vanderbijlpark Library. They found him with a duffle bag filled with cough syrup, which he was allegedly selling to school-going children.

These children mix cough syrup with fizzy drinks, creating a dangerous and intoxicating drug that leaves them ‘high’. Unfortunately, this risky behaviour has become commonplace among youngsters in the area.

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Sergeant Gertrude Makhale, the provincial police spokesperson, confirmed the arrest and stated that the suspect faces charges under the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965.


As a response, The New Horizon Movement (NHM), a coalition party within Emfuleni Local Municipality, has taken action. NHM’s Mpho Khang addressed the municipality’s municipal manager (MM), April Ntuli, with specific demands.

Khang urged that the implicated employee face formal charges for their actions and called for an immediate suspension pending investigation if not already done.

NHM stressed the necessity of maintaining the municipality’s reputation and community trust. They urged the Emfuleni Local Municipality to issue a comprehensive press statement addressing the incident transparently and with a commitment to addressing such matters responsibly.

Source: Municipal worker arrested for selling cough medicine to Vanderbijlpark learners

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