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Gauteng education department registers 2 more pupils’ deaths on Friday

A grade 5 girl at a Diepsloot school died after being struck by lightning while a grade 3 boy from an Alex school died in his sleep.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the accident scene that claimed the lives of two pupils from Madibatlou Primary school in Olifantsfontein on 17 February 2020. Picture Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Education Department has sent its condolences to the families of two school pupils who died in separate incidents on Friday.

A grade 5 Diesploot pupil died on her way home from school after she was struck by lightning.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has also expressed sadness by the death of a pupil in Alexandra.

The grade 3 boy from Zenzeleni Primary School died in his sleep at home following a short illness.

Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said, “Our psychosocial unit team will be visiting the schools to render the necessary support, first thing on Monday. We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to both families and the community at large.”

This brings the total number of pupils’ deaths in just the first term to 18.

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