Dept warns pupils, parents to be vigilant after poisoning at JHB school

The department is investigating whether sweets caused about 60 primary school pupils to be taken to hospital.


JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he is disappointed that an adult would deliberately harm a group of unsuspecting primary school pupils.

The department says it’s investigating whether sweets handed out to pupils at Suid Heuwels Primary and surrounding schools, south of Johannesburg, made dozens of children sick yesterday.

It says about 60 pupils were taken to hospital after complaining of stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

Lesufi says a warning letter has been sent to all schools in the province to be on the lookout for the perpetrator, who appears to be targeting several schools.

“We believe there is a trend if you take the number of schools that are beginning to panic and contact us, it looks like there might be a trend.”

The department announced yesterday that sweet samples are being tested for possible poisonous content.

“Both the Metro Police and the police have taken the relevant samples.”

Lesufi says parents need to warn their children not to accept any food or drink from strangers.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)