Church defends its R1 mln stash of scheduled medicines

2011-03-22 00:00

THE Church of the Holy Ghost yesterday denied that its Reverend Cyril Mhlonipheni Ngcobo is involved in illegally dispensing scheduled medicines to the community.

Ngcobo was arrested by the crime investigating unit of the SA Police Force after medicines worth R1 million were found in his office.

He was charged with contravening the Medicines Act. He appeared in the Hammarsdale Magistrate’s Court last week and was granted R6 000 bail.

Church spokesperson Ranjeni Munusamy said the church “has structured the provision of medical care for its leaders within legislation and accepted practices of the Medicines Act”.

The controversial Munusamy was linked to Schabir Shaik and the Friends of Jacob Zuma group before she became a spokesperson for Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. She now runs a public relations agency, which was hired by the church.

In a statement Munusamy said Ngcobo is a “respected and valued member of the church’s leadership and the congregation has full confidence in his innocence”.

“We did this in the interest of our church community and the welfare of its leaders, fully cognizant of legal regulations around medical care,” reads the statement.

Munusamy said of the charges, “The church cannot comment on the merits of the criminal case.

“They will set everything straight during the trial. Their understanding was that they were fully compliant with the legal regulations.”

Health spokesperson Chris Maxon said the medicines found in Ngcobo’s office were meant to be distributed by a public health facility.

“These are scheduled drugs, which were supposed to be distributed by qualified people in the public health facilities [hospitals and clinics[.

“They [the church[ should tell us what constitutes them to be a public health facility,” Maxon said yesterday.

The case was postponed to June 24.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.