Brother, 14, sells drugs

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Pertunia Ratsatsi

Pretoria police have arrested a teenage drug dealer whose 14-year-old brother was caught with dagga at a primary school where he is a pupil.

The 17-year-old girl was arrested after her Grade 7 brother promptly confessed that she was a dealer. The boy and his 13-year-old Grade 6 friend were caught with the drug at school on Wednesday.

A teacher at the Nelmapius Primary School in Silverton noticed the two boys behaving strangely and saw them with a suspicious small item.

He tipped off the police and they came to the school to search.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul Ramoloko said: "The 13-year-old boy had hidden a roll of dagga in his school socks. He just bent, took it out and showed it to us.

"When we asked him where he got the dagga, he told us that he got the drug from a 14-year-old boy in Grade 7, who in turn said he bought it from a fruit and vegetable vendor."

The boy took them to a 25-year-old man who is on parole after serving part of a 22-year sentence for armed robbery.

"We found him sitting with a plastic bag and a container filled with nyaupe - a mixture of heroin and dagga - and dagga," said Ramoloko.

The man took the police to his house where they found more drugs, including white and yellow tablets.

Ramoloko said it was while the police were engaged in searching the house that the 14-year-old told them that his sister was selling dagga at their home.

"We then went to the boy's home where we found the 17-year-old dropout with rolls of dagga. When we searched the house we found more dagga and nyaupe," he said.

The girl and the parolee were arrested and the boys released into their mothers' custody.

The police said the girl's mother was sickly. She apparently had no knowledge of her children's activities.

'We found him with a container of nyaupe - a mixture of heroin and dagga'