MEC 'speechless' after two kids die at Gauteng school

Two pupils aged 6 & 8 died after eating food provided by a state feeding scheme at their school.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The parents of two young girls who died after eating food from a state feeding scheme at a primary school north of Pretoria will meet with the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi today as an investigation into what happened gets underway.

Eyewitness News learnt yesterday that the sisters, aged 6 and 8, died at a clinic near the Ema Primary School in Winterveldt after being rushed there when they fell ill.

It's believed their death was caused by food from a feeding scheme funded by the provincial education department.

Speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News, their father Klaas Mahlangu said his daughters were given the meal yesterday.

He was then called to the school only to find that the pair had been taken to a clinic where they later died.

Mahlangu says he's devastated.

"It's like I'm dreaming and nothing like this is happening. I'm waiting for someone to wake me up. This is not happening."

MEC Lesufi has also been left "speechless" by the deaths.

"I'm speechless. Children come to our schools to get support, not to leave our schools in stretchers. I'm saddened and don't have words to describe this. I will investigate this."