Winterveldt: Family fears for other pupils after deaths

Panyaza Lesufi said the education dept will make sure a tragedy of this nature never happens again.

Sisters Precious Msiza (8) and Mbali Mahlangu (6), along with their friend Sibongile Mahleya (8) were laid to rest on 2 October. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the two sisters who died at a Gauteng primary school after allegedly being poisoned, say they now fear for the lives of their other children.

Sisters Precious Msiza (8) and Mbali Mahlangu (6), along with their friend Sibongile Mahleya (8) died last week and were laid to rest after an emotional funeral service on Thursday.

The girl's uncle Klaas Mahlangu says he is now removing his two sons from the Ema Primary School, fearing his own children might be poisoned next.

He says one of his sons was in the same class as his niece but survived, despite eating the same food provided by the Education Department's feeding scheme.

"I cannot risk losing them. My two sons will remain at home, I will be their teacher."

Klaas has also questioned whether the incident was part of a satanic act.

"School bags have been opening and closing up and socks have been coming out during some of the school breaks."

At the same time, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has said he will make sure the recommendations by the team investigating the alleged poisoning are implemented, even if it means heads must roll.

Lesufi said the Gauteng Basic Education Department will make sure a tragedy of this nature never happens again.

The families are now waiting for the post-mortem reports to clarify how the girls died in the hope of finding closure.