Brenda's coke laced with rat poison: report
May 24, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — An inquest has been launched into the death of singer Brenda
Fassie after evidence that the crack cocaine she used was laced
with rat poison, the Sunday Times reported.
President Thabo Mbeki comforts Bongani, Brenda's son of during her funeral service|
Photo - AFP
Preliminary post mortem results show the singer died of a drug
overdose, but the newspaper said Peter Snyman, Fassie's manager,
had evidence of the drugs having been tampered with.
In a statement on Sunday, however, Snyman denied saying Fassie
had taken drugs the night before she was taken to hospital, or that
the drugs were tampered with.
"What we did discuss (with Sunday Times reporters) was that drug
dealers sometimes used the types of techniques described in the
(newspaper) piece," said Snyman.
Drug dealers are known to add harmful substances to their
merchandise to increase their bulk, and the dealers' profit.
Snyman and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, a friend of Fassie,
reportedly wanted police to question a young woman – not her
lover, Gloria Chaka – who visited Fassie at her home in Sandton on
April 25. The next morning Fassie had an asthma attack and was
rushed to the Sunninghill Clinic in Johannesburg.
into a coma from which she never recovered, and died on May 9 after
her life support machines were turned off.
Snyman denied discussing with Madikizela-Mandela the matter of
the police questioning anybody. "What I did say was we would like
to speak to the person who was with her the night before she died,
to shed some light on what happened".
A drug dealer visited Fassie – who was in drug rehabilitation
clinics 30 times – while she was in hospital, the newspaper said.
Professor Hendrik Scholtz, the pathologist who conducted the
post mortem on Fassie, said his final results would be forwarded to
the inquest magistrate within two weeks, the Sunday Times reported.
Snyman said he had not seen any post mortem report. "To the best
of my knowledge, no-one, not even the family, has seen the report."
A funeral service for Fassie was held at the Langa Stadium,
Cape Town on Saturday. President Thabo Mbeki addressed the
mourners, saying South Africans had a responsibility to help those
with drug addiction. Nine people were injured when the crowd surged
into the VIP area where Fassie's body lay in a gold-coloured
coffin. – Sapa
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