The Hawks’ Anti-Corruption Unit has been commended after they nabbed a Limpopo nurse, Mokgadi Monica Ramusi, for vending antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs for R7500.
The health officer was grabbed on Tuesday at the Makgato Clinic in Botlokwa outside Polokwane after an officer working undercover approached her, and she reportedly tried to sell him 24 sealed bottles containing the drugs.
Prior to her arrest, police precursory investigations found that the 44-year-old assistant nurse was selling each bottle of ARVs drug for R300 to Polokwane residents.
She was then arrested and charged with theft and unlawful possession of ARVs.
Ramusi appeared at the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was later released on R1000 bail. She was ordered to return to the Magistrate court on August 18 pending further investigation.
Authorities Condemn Mokgadi Monica Ramusi’s Wrong Act
Limpopo provincial health department spokesman Derrick Kganyago said a “precautionary” suspension would be given to the nurse.
Kganyago however promised that the health department will work together with law enforcement agencies to investigate any form of theft or criminal activity in the department.
Head of anti-fraud and corruption in the provincial health department, Curry Letsoalo,also warned employees against theft.
“The department is advising all its employees to refrain from all the unethical conduct as prescribed by a Code of Conduct of Public Service and Administration,” Letsoalo said.
Reacting to the ugly development, Hawks’ provincial spokesman, Captain Matimba Maluleke, expressed disappointment that the suspect, whose duty it is, to give ARVs to patients, decided to steal them and make extra cash.
In the course of her appearance in court, Mokgadi Monica Ramusi’s lawyer, Pamela Nkondo was able to convince magistrate Michael Mamabolo that his client’s image would be harmed if members of the public take pictures of her.
He made calls for the suspect to be presumed innocent until she is proven guilty by the court.
“I object to pictures of her being taken in court because they may tarnish her image and integrity,” Nkondo argued.