FS health worker arrested for possession of ARV’s


A 45-year-old Botshabelo health worker is expected to make an appearance before the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court soon after being found in possession of ARV tablets. The health worker is also suspected of unlawfully selling these tablets.

The arrest of the suspect came after the Selosesha Tactical Response Team acted on an intelligence driven operation at a house in Section C1.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele says whilst searching the house, members found 102 bottles of ARV tablets valued at R41 200, stamped doctor’s sick notes, doctor’s referral letters and syringes.

“Upon further investigation it emerged that the suspect was allegedly selling ARV tablets to the public. The suspect was arrested and charged under the Possession of Controlled Substances Act 101 of 1965,” said Makhele.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, advised community members to refrain from purchasing medicine that is provided for free by government and not use any medicine that is not dispatched from health facilities.