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Cape Town learner dies in Vietnam schools expedition

Shannen Rustin was part of a group of learners from Westerford high school who was taking part in a school’s world challenge expedition in Hanoi this week.

Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN – The family of a grade 11 learner at a Cape Town school is on their way to Vietnam where the girl died.

Shannen Rustin was part of a group of learners from Westerford high school who was taking part in a school trip in Hội An this week.

Rustin passed away yesterday, apparently while on a tour in Sapa Valley, a popular trekking base.

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer says details surrounding Rustin's death are scant at this stage.

“I believe that she was on a cycling event on a Vietnam school tour that she collapsed when it was apparently very hot. We haven’t got specifics, surely they will come out in due time but I understand the family is on their way there.”

Schafer says this is the second tragedy the school has had to face, following another learner's suicide earlier in the year.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)