Man in court for trading in ARVs

2012-02-29 13:33

Cape Town - A Plattekloof man accused of illicit trading in antiretroviral drugs appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The trial of James Buckley, 51, of Johanna Close, Plattekloof, near Cape Town, was postponed to April 16. He is out on R5 000 bail.

Edwin Grobler, for Buckley, told the court the matter had already been on the court roll for four months, and that it would remain on the roll for much longer unless he intervened urgently.

He said he needed to negotiate with senior prosecutor Ronel de Jager, at the Bellville Regional Court, and that he hoped to have the case transferred to the Regional Court when Buckley made his fourth appearance on April 16.

According to the charge sheet, Buckley faces two charges - one involving an alleged violation of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, and the other relating to the alleged manufacture and distribution of scheduled medicines without a licence.

He was arrested in November.

Buckley is alleged to have distributed and sold the medicines Viramine, Epivir, Copegus, Combivir and Viracepts in October 2009.

  • Karmah - 2012-02-29 13:59

    I don't know what is worse. Dealing in tik/heroin or dealing in ARV's. That's peoples medicine you bloody tjop!!!

  • gabaitsis - 2012-02-29 14:43

    However bought that,i wish they could be infected with HIV.....Bloody idiots.There is shortage of those drugs and people are selling them!

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-29 14:53

    yes so out on 5000.00 randd bail for dealing arv's but rapist leave on 1000.00 rands bail WTF! this country has its prioretys all screwed up! hand rapist and lock this guy up easy...

  • Leon - 2012-02-29 14:55

    maybe his medicine works and the opposition wont like it

      Themba - 2012-02-29 21:19

      What Opposition dear Leon? Those are prescription drugs that you cannot get over the counter. Please, let's not think everything is about politics.... This is a clear case of fraud.

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