- The family of the late Enock Mpianzi is suing the Gauteng Department of Education for R10-million
- The 13-year-old learner lost his life at a Parktown Boys' High School camp in January
- Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi indicated that his department will aim to avoid a legal battle and a settlement figure is being discussed
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Julius Malema visited the family of Enoch Mpianzi - the Grade 8 Parktown Boys' High School pupil who drowned during a camp at Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge in January.
Malema paid his respects to the family and vowed that the EFF would assemble a legal team that would help the family get to the bottom of the 13-year-old's passing.
It has now been confirmed that Mpianzi's family has proceeded to sue the Gauteng Department of Education for R10-million.
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This follows the release of a report by Harris Nupen Molebatsi attorneys, which indicated that the school, principal and six teachers were negligent in their duties at the camp.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi confirmed the receipt of a letter from the legal representatives representing the family.
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Lesufi said, "We have indicated that we have no appetite to oppose this matter. We have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family, so that we use previous court cases that have ruled on matters such as this in nature as a barometer to determine an appropriate amount."
The statement indicates a high probability that the two parties would agree on a settlement amount and avoid a legal battle.
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Source: Briefly News