The Mpumalanga education department has congratulated police for arresting a teacher who reportedly sold Mandrax from his home.
The school teacher, from Madi Combined School, was arrested after the police allegedly found drugs at his home in Standerton on July 8.
On Friday, department spokesperson Jasper Zwane said children should be protected from drugs.
“The police have done a good job and we hope justice will be served and this will send a message that drug trafficking is not allowed in the country. “Moreover, if this is allegedly done by a teacher we will get very worried, and for that reason we are going to institute our own internal disciplinary processes,” said Zwane.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Johannes Nhlabathi said 200 Mandrax tablets, valued at R20 000, were seized from the teacher’s house.
“It is very sad that we found this large number of drugs from a teacher. Teachers are supposed to be monitoring and mentoring our children against wrongdoing, but this time it happens that one of those mentors is feeding our children with drugs,” he said.
Nhlabathi said the teacher, Mduduzi Dlamini, appeared in the Standerton Magistrate’s Court on charges of drug dealing.
He has not been asked to plead and has been released on R3 000 bail.
The accused would appear in court on August 19.