Two pharmacies have been shut down in Limpopo for contravening the Medicine Control Act‚ operating without a licence‚ fraud and theft.

The pharmacies were discovered during a province-wide operation by the Hawks’s Commercial Crime Unit on Thursday‚ according to a police statement issued on Friday.


A 34-year-old male nurse in Sekororo village‚ just outside Tzaneen‚ was arrested. During the search officers found medicine allegedly stolen from the Department of Health. Medicines requiring a license to be sold and a prescription to purchase were also found. The pharmacy was closed immediately.

pillsAnother pharmacy in Mamaila village near Sekgosese‚ about 70km from Tzaneen‚ was also closed. It was allegedly using a license of registered pharmacy to operate. Large quantity of medicines‚ medical aid claim registers and other financial registers were seized.

The owner has not yet been arrested.

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