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Enoch Mpianzi’s family still left with unanswered questions over his drowning

Mpianzi’s body was found on Friday in a river near the premises of Nyati River and Bush Lodge where 200 grade 8 pupils from Parktown Boys were camping.

Parktown Boys High pupil Enock Mpianzi. Picture: Facebook

MELVERN - The family of Enoch Mpianzi on Saturday said numerous questions remained unanswered about how their 13-year-old child drowned at a school orientation camp.

Mpianzi’s body was found on Friday in a river near the premises of Nyati River and Bush Lodge where 200 grade 8 pupils from Parktown Boys were camping.

A mournful shroud covers the house where Mpianzi once used to visit his grandfather, Sebastian Kodie Motha during the school holidays.

Motha said he was finding it difficult to come to term with the death of his grandson.

While the sequence of events around Mpianzi’s death are still unclear, Motha questioned how the child died at the hands of teachers.

He said he could not stand and watch while police searched for the young boy’s body on Friday.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said a full investigation would be carried out into the drowning.

WATCH: Grandfather recalls search operation for Enoch Mpianzi

NOT THE FIRST TIME A PUPIL HAS DROWNED

But this is not the first time a pupil has drowned at the sports camp.

Mellony Sias, a grade 12 pupil from Adamantia High in Kimberley drowned after attending a hockey training camp at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak in 2010.

Speaking to EWN, Mpianzi’s father, Guy Intamba, said the school failed to alert him of his son disappearance on Wednesday afternoon.

He said no child should’ve been allowed to enter the turbulent water.

“For me, they should have not taken the kids to that place. It’s too scary. Even myself, I cannot go there.”

Lesufi said he would visit the family of another pupil who drowned at Laerskool Bekker on Sunday.

SGB TO CONTINUE LOOKING INTO WHAT HAPPENED

With Parktown Boys High under pressure to explain how Mpianzi died while at an orientation camp, the student governing body (SGB) at school said it would continue looking into what transpired when the grade 8 learner drowned.

Parktown Boys principal Malcolm Williams was met with despondent family members when he arrived accompanied by officials.

The visibly distraught educator walked into the sombre home with trays of food.

While officials said they were not in a position to speak, the school has outlined its version of events on how Mpianzi, who was last seen on Wednesday drowned in the Crocodile River.

In a statement, the Johannesburg-based school said the camp where Mpianzi met his fatal end was aimed at introducing the new Parktonians to one another.

The school explained that during a team-building activity pupils were told to build a raft, after the activity, some pupils went on a hike not realising that Mpianzi was missing.

While the timeline of events is still unclear, the school said it would be providing counselling for staff, prefects and pupils who were present at the camp.

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