UPDATE: Rumours of new drug in schools refuted

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Police have refuted claims of the existence of a new drug allegedly making rounds at schools.

Social media reports have been making the rounds claiming that the drug was a type of crystal meth that smells and looks like ordinary strawberry pop rocks.

But Sunnyside police station spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela poured cold water over the claims.

“I personally haven’t come across such,” he said.

Social media reports claimed the drug goes by the name of “strawberry quick” or “strawberry pop”.

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The reports claimed that the candy “sizzles and pops” in one’s mouth.

The Gauteng department of education has acknowledged these rumours and told schools to be on high alert.

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Gauteng department of education spokesperson Steve Mabona said the department had a safety strategy in place for all their schools.

According to him, the SAPS would be called in to conduct random searches and raids when any drug-related activities were suspected, or when learners brought weapons onto the school’s premises.

“Learners found in possession of drugs or any illegal substances will be taken through a disciplinary process by the school,” Mabona said.

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Mabona said the department had implemented strategies to fight drugs at schools.

 

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