Lesufi: Enock Mpianzi's death will be investigated
Enock Mpianzi (13), a Parktown Boys' High learner, drowned during what has been described as a water activity in a river at a lodge while on a school camp on Wednesday.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that Enock Mpianzi's parents said that their son was excited about the grade 8 Parktown Boys' High camp.
Mpianzi (13) drowned during what has been described as a water activity in a river at a lodge on Wednesday.
Lesufi briefed the media at the school on Friday to shed more light on what transpired.
"I was not briefed on whether the people that assisted the children and the children themselves had life jackets or given a water safety talk, so that part of the information was not provided to me."
The MEC said that the death would be investigated.
#ParktownBoysCamp Lesufi: It seems what they were doing is an activity to try and move an injured person across the river. I asked them to take me through the same activity so I can understand. KM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 17, 2020
#ParktownBoysCamp Lesufi: I don't doubt that the school wanted to make sure all children are safe. I doubt that they wanted the boy to drown. What is concerning is the timelines? KM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Mpianzi's parents have paid their last respects at the site where the drowning happened.
Gauteng Education Panyaza Lesufi was with the parents during search and rescue operations.
UPDATE 2: #ParktownBoysCamp . I met with the family of the missing child on site and they granted us permission to release his photo. The rescue team has resumed their search. The boys will arrive back at school around 11am. All sporting activities are suspended. pic.twitter.com/DoRi1vxaFA— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 17, 2020
He said the parents were devastated.
“We felt that we had to support the family and ensure that [they] get the last opportunity to see the body. We will liaise with the police for further details."
Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque.