Two men were arrested and appeared in court on Friday in connection with the incident earlier this week in which dozens of learners had to get medical help after apparently eating muffins with marijuana in them.
The two men appeared in the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court and are facing charges of attempted murder. The case was adjourned until September 29.
EWN identified the two accused as Amukelani Nyalunga (19) and Ofentse Maluleka (21).
Matome Chiloane, Gauteng MEC for education, welcomed the arrests.
“We are grateful that most of the affected learners are recovering and wish the learners who are not yet healthy a speedy recovery,” said Chiloane. He confirmed that all the learners have been discharged from various hospitals.
About 90 learners from Pulamadibogo Primary School in Soshanguve were rushed to medical facilities on Wednesday morning after eating some of the muffins.
The primary school students – from gr. R to gr. 7 – apparently bought the muffins from a street vendor on the way to school. The children experienced symptoms such as nausea and stomach cramps and some of them even vomited.
The affected learners were treated by emergency workers on the school grounds before being rushed to different medical facilities.
The incident left many parents worried and the police were also called to the school.