A total of 39 pupils at a girls’ school in Soweto were hospitalized this week after allegedly eating dagga cookies at the school.
Gauteng Department of Education spokesman Steve Mabona says in a statement, that the learners from the Lofentse Girls School on Thursday complained of pain to the stomach while others vomiting.
According to Mabona, the learners were taken to Bheki Mlangeni Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital respectively. The majority of the learners were later discharged and 12 of the learners are currently being kept in hospital for observation. It is not known how old the learners are.
“We wish them a speedy recovery and hope that they will be able to continue their studies soon,” said Panyaza Lesufi, provincial MEC for education, in response to the incident.
“We strongly condemn any acts of learner misconduct and call on parents to help enforce discipline inside and outside the school environment,” says Lesufi.