- The family of Enoch Mpianzi and the Gauteng Department of Education have yet to reach an agreement
- This comes as the family seeks R20 million in damages after the high school student died during a school trip
- MEC Panyaza Lesufi says that the department simply cannot afford the steep amount
The Gauteng Department of Education and Enoch Mpianzi's family has yet to reach a settlement over the teenager's death.
MEC Panyaza Lesufi briefed the nation over the weekend on the updates surrounding the 13-year-old's death.
The family had initially sought a R10 million settlement as compensation for the loss of their son, but have now demanded R20 million.
Lesufi confirmed that the principal of Parktown Boys High School was charged and it was found, following a disciplinary hearing, that he should be dismissed.
The MEC had noted that the man had immediately appealed the ruling, resuming his duties as a result.
An attempt had even been made to compel Lesufi to excuse himself from the appeal hearing.
However, the department had obtained legal advice that there is no basis for Lesufi to excuse himself.
The MEC noted that the incident was indeed a tragic one, but highlighted that the department simply couldn't afford the amount the family is calling for.
The MEC had said that it was unfortunate that an agreement couldn't be reached, acknowledging that the requested amount goes 'beyond what the department can be in a position to afford'.
Lesufi explained that the department had tried their 'level best' to come to an agreement with the family, but that they had opted to move forward with legal action:
The MEC further highlighted that this was a chapter that the Department would very much like to close this 'chapter'.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Julius Malema visited the family of Enoch Mpianzi - the Grade 8 Parktown Boys' High School pupil who drowned during a camp.
The incident had taken place at Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge in January, casting a spotlight on poor supervision on the school's part.
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.
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