- Enock Mpianzi's family has now called for Parktown Boys' High School to be shut down
- The 13-year-old learner passed away after drowning in the Crocodile River during a school camp
- Now, the family feels that not enough has been done against those responsible and is seeking R20 million in damages
Enock Mpianzi's family is adamant that Parktown Boys' High School should be shut down.
The 13-year-old lost his life during what should have been an exciting school orientation camp after drowning in the Crocodile River.
The school's principal at the time, Malcom Williams, has been dismissed for his role in the ordeal but the family feels this isn't going to make amends. The Mpianzi family is calling for the school's closure in addition to R20 million in damages.
Speaking to eNCA, Wikus Steyl who is the family's attorney has commented on the situation:
"The family ultimately wants someone in jail, they want to see the school closed down, they want to see the camp closed down."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a forensic report into Enock Mpianzi's tragic death at the Nyati Bush and River Break has been released.
Complied by Harris Nupen Molebatsi attorneys, the report probed the fateful incident that took the life of the Grade 8 pupil.
IOL reports that the principal, six teachers, the school and even the department of education had all been negligent in the death.
Now, the report recommends that disciplinary action should be taken against the Parktown Boys' High School head.
Williams was also found negligent in the way he handled the following:
- The roll calls and accuracy of the roll call lists
- The safety and care of pupils during the water exercise
- The issue of life jackets
- The lack of authorisation for the camp
- The overall responsibility for the safety of children during the camp
The report found that staff had left behind a roll call indicating who was on the trip. When a fresh one was received 11 children including the victim were not present:
“As a result of the incorrect list being used for the roll call, it was found that eleven learners were missing and after asking the learners and facilitators whether anybody was missing, it was assumed that the eleven missing learners were learners who had not attended the camp. This was an incorrect assumption."
It was then left up to the office to determine who was not on the trip and this led to the discovery that Enock was missing:
“Thereafter, it was business as usual and the Grade 8 learners were then taken out into the veld for their sleep-out. The next day, Thursday 16 January 2020, the learners at the camp continued with the activities as per the camp agenda. It was left to the enrollment office of the school to phone around to the parents of the missing eleven learners, referred to above, who eventually confirmed, after speaking to the parents of Enock Mpianzi, that Enock Mpianzi was definitely an attendee at the Nyati Camp."
Hours after Enock went missing, the search for him was launched explained the report:
“It was only then, at approximately mid-day of the day following the water exercise, on Thursday 16 January 2020, that searches and emergency procedures were activated and the alarm was sounded."
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