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Cleaner busted for allegedly stealing, selling ARVs

Written by Lungile Thamela

A cleaner at Soweto’s Diepkloof Clinic has been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling antiretrovirals (ARVs) and other medicines following community tip offs.

Mandla Nkosi is accused of allegedly stealing and selling medicines including ARVs and vitamins

Mandla Nkosi is accused of allegedly stealing and selling medicines including ARVs and vitamins

Mandla Nkosi was recently arrested after police discovered 179 bottles or almost 4 kgs of the ARV lamivudine as well as packets of vitamins in his room.

“We go a tip off from one member of the community that one of the clinic staff members who worked as a cleaner had too many treatments of different types in his room,” Diepkloof Police Captain Phephi Matou told OurHealth.

According to Matou, Nkosi has appeared in court following his April arrest and was granted bail before his hearing was postponed.

According to the Treatment Action Campaign’s Sibongile Moloshwa, police also visited the Diepkloof Clinic to interview staff about the value of the allegedly stolen medicines,

The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed Nkosi’s arrest and commended the community for alerting police.

“The theft and sale of antiretroviral drugs has negative effect on those who use them and also cripples the public health system,” Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Patricia Mokoena told OurHealth. “The department is working with the police to investigate his modus operandi and to also institute internal disciplinary processes.”

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Lungile Thamela

Lungile Thamela is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Johannesburg Health District.