Mystery drug kills two

2016-03-24 09:39


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Pietermaritzburg - A mystery drug in KwaMashu has left two men dead and 32 others recovering in hospital after a school break-up party turned deadly on the weekend.

Provincial government on Wednesday issued a warning to parents, urging them to keep a strict eye on their children, after it was found that one of the men who had died was a school pupil.

The other 32 party-goers, some of whom may also be pupils, were hospitalised. It is believed they all fell ill after taking an unidentified drug at the party.

Provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said two inquest dockets were opened after the two men, aged 19 and 29, were found dead.

Zwane said the teenage pupil was “having a gathering with friends” in KwaMashu’s K-Section on Saturday when he “collapsed and died”.

The 29-year-old was found dead in his room at his home in Kwamashu’s E-Section. It is believed the man also attended the party, but this could not be confirmed by police.

“Circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” Zwane said.

KZN Department of Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said the teenager attended school at the Zeph Dlomo High School in KwaMashu and it is not yet clear which schools the other 32 party-goers attend.

“Drug abuse is a societal problem and we all need to do something as a collective to fight this scourge

“Learning areas like Life Orientation teach learners about general life skills, including warning them about dangers of drug and substance abuse,” Mlotshwa said.

Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi, whose office released the warning to parents yesterday, said she is shocked because pupils are constantly warned about the dangers of drug abuse.

“I wish to call on parents to take note of strange behaviours in their children and seek help before it is too late. I would also like to caution young people against drug-induced fun as it leads to tragedy as we have witnessed in this case,” Thusi said.

The department has deployed social workers to assist the affected families.

“We have deployed 15 social workers, a supervisor and the service office manager to conduct home visits as well as hospital visits to those who are still in hospital,” Thusi said.

“We want to understand what happened to ensure that we do everything in our power to avoid a repeat. We also want to assist the families in dealing with this tragedy.”

Attempts to contact the school yesterday were unsuccessful.


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