Tensions flare up after Parktown Boys High tragedy
Issues of negligence and race have erupted after the tragic death of a 13-year-old, Enoch Mpianzi who was found dead in the Crocodile River on Friday morning.
Enoch Mpianzi went missing at the camp, which took place at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge last Wednesday during a ‘water activity’. He was last seen when a makeshift raft which he and other boys were using overturned on Crocodile River on the first day of the camp. News of Mpianzi’s death led to a public outcry, with many condemning the school of failing not only to ensure his safety but also to report the incident in time.
Tweeps (Twitter users) were livid on twitter about the incident, whilst pulling out the ‘race card and white privilege’. Sunday Times reported that the school had ordered the pupils to bring their own life jackets to the camp and Mpianzi’s family could not afford one.
Public interest lawyer Richard Spoor said the failure of the school and the lodge to provide life jackets – and telling families to provide their own -bordered on the “absurd”.
Other tweeps were flabbergasted over the life jacket instruction and went on to question if there was any adult supervision on the camp and the amount of negligence from the school teachers and facilitators.
The Gauteng Education Department has instituted an independent investigation into the death of Mpianzi. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that the team conducting the investigation is expected to establish who is responsible for the negligence.
“Anyone found responsible for the negligence that resulted in the death of Enoch will lose their jobs, we cannot have this going on in our schools,” he added.