Protecting the young and Vulnerable: Space Muffins’ Trio Denied Bail
Three men accused of selling marijuana-laced muffins to primary school pupils in Soshanguve have been denied bail.
Amukelani Nyulunga (19), Ofentse Maluleka (21), and Katlego Matlala (21) are facing 43 counts of attempted murder.
The trio allegedly sold the muffins for R2 each to pupils at Pulamadibogo Primary School. It is alleged that they would force pupils to eat the muffins, and would assault those who refused.
In September 2023, approximately 90 pupils were hospitalized after eating the muffins. The pupils experienced symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
The trio was arrested shortly after the incident.
During their bail hearing, the prosecution argued that the accused were a danger to society and that they were likely to interfere with witnesses if released on bail.
The magistrate agreed with the prosecution and denied the trio bail.
The case has been postponed to November 2023 for further investigation.
The incident has sparked outrage among parents and community members. Many have called for the accused to be given the harshest possible sentence.
The sale of marijuana-laced products is a serious offence in South Africa. In 2020, the government passed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, which legalized the use and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. However, the sale of cannabis-laced products remains illegal.
The ‘space muffins’ case is a reminder of the dangers of consuming cannabis-laced products. Parents are urged to be vigilant and to educate their children about the dangers of drugs.