Woman held for attempted murder

Johannesburg - A North West restaurant owner faces a charge of attempted murder after 18 customers were treated for suspected poisoning, police said on Sunday.

"Police swiftly responded to a call [on Saturday] when 18 victims passed out as a result of eating food they bought from a restaurant at the Rustenburg taxi rank," said Constable Provia Tseke in a statement.

"All eighteen victims were taken to the Job Shimanke Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg in a serious but stable condition."

The 18 were discharged from hospital at 15:00, three hours after eating the food.

Rustenburg police have opened a case against a 38-year-old woman following the incident.

"A sample of the food has been taken to be tested," said Tseke.

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