The Department of Classic Education has referred to as on the South African Police Carrier (SAPS) to purchase into consideration opening a criminal case, after a 15-twelve months-mature learner drowned for the duration of a camping day out organised by non-profit organisation, Equal Education.
The pupil, Avethandwa Nokhangela from Xolani High College in the Eastern Cape, had been taking fragment in an project and became on a management camp day out along with 30 other learners, at Palm Ridge Holiday Resort, advance East London.
Her physique became chanced on after being swept out at sea on Thursday, 29 April 2021.
“The DBE helps MEC for Education in the Eastern Cape, Mr Fundile Gade, who has referred to as for a plump investigation into the circumstances that ended in the death of the learner,” the division’s Elijah Mhlanga acknowledged in a statement.
“The Department in the province got information from the South African Police Carrier in regards to the incident after the physique of the learner became recovered from one of the Buffalo Metro seashores. The delay by Equal Education in reporting the matter to the Provincial Education Department raises severe concerns”
Department of Classic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga
Eastern Cape pupil drowning: DBE desires criminal probe
In line with the Department of Classic Education, Equal Education most efficient made contact on Friday, 30 May presumably presumably well moreover simply 2021. The division has referred to as for an intensive investigation into the teenage girl’s drowning to fabricate particular that that your total info are established and that those chanced on responsible would perhaps perhaps moreover simply silent be held to yarn.
“The provincial Department has already despatched officials to the college to put collectively psychosocial enhance to learners and namely folks who attended the Equal Education match collectively with those left at the attend of at college, educators and the oldsters of the learner,” Mhlanga further acknowledged.
The Department of Classic Education has also expressed condolences to the girl’s family and community. For many, this incident is eerily related to the death of Enoch Mpianzi, the Parktown Boys High College pupil who also drowned whereas at camp.
Mpianzi’s death gripped many South Africans and an investigation into the incident chanced on that there had no doubt been negligence on the fragment of the college, as well to the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak camp coordinators, who had did not appropriately present oversight. His physique became most efficient recovered days later on 17 January 2020, along with his disappearance understood to dangle gone skipped over for a prolonged duration of time.