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Winterveldt pupils to be laid to rest

Precious Msiza, Mbali Mahlangu and their friend Sibongile Mahleya died at a local clinic last Thursday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Three young girls, who died after eating food at Ema Primary School in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, will be laid to rest this morning.

It was initially thought the pupils, aged between six and eight, consumed food provided by the Basic Education Department's feeding scheme but preliminary investigations have shown that was not the case.

Precious Msiza, Mbali Mahlangu and their friend Sibongile Mahleya died at a local clinic last Thursday.

Exactly a week after the three young girls died, their families will have to bury them with few answers to explain how they died.

The funeral for the three pupils, two of whom are sisters, will be held at the Ema Primary School.

The department is investigating what led to the deaths.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says, "That cloud is hanging over all our heads. It's a day I would never have wished to happen and I never want it to happen again."

Several officials from the department are expected to attend the funeral.