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Winterveldt deaths: Postmortem results expected

The postmortem results of the children who allegedly died from food poisoning are expected today.

The Ema Primary School in Winterveldt north of Pretoria. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The family of two pupils, who died after eating food at their primary school in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, are expecting the postmortem reports today.

Eight-year-old Mbali Mahlangu and her six-year-old sister Precious Msiza died at a local clinic on Thursday, shortly after falling ill at school.

It's alleged the children ate government-supplied food and snacks from another source.

But their parents suspect the children may have been deliberately poisoned.

The family believes there is an 'evil spirit' at the Ema Primary School.

The girls' uncle Klaas Mahlangu says he cannot comprehend why someone wants to kill children.

"Whenever I recall those things, it kills my heart that somebody could do this in an environment where we think our children are safe. This is really, deeply, killing my heart."

The family has called on the Basic Education Department to remove the school leadership and start afresh.

Mahlangu says, "There are evil people using their evil spirits to affect the whole school. We think the whole school must start afresh."

The Basic Education Department is investigating the matter.