Another learner has died in a drowning incident in Magaliesburg in Gauteng. 13-year-old Keamohetswe Shaun Seboko was found dead in the school’s Hostel Swimming pool on Wednesday.

 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has sent condolences to the family.

A psycho-social team based at the school hostel assisted learners with counselling and will continue offering learners counselling on Monday next week.

 

On Friday, the body Enock Mpianzi was found in the Crocodile River, near Brits in the North West, after he reportedly drowned during an orientation activity.

Mpianzi was a grade 8 learner at Parktown Boys High School.

 

The boy’s body was recovered after a lengthy search involving the police and private citizens.

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‘Lack of  communication’

The Department of Education has expressed disappointment at the lack of immediate communication following the fatal drowning of learners.

The provincial department was only notified late Friday about Seboko’s death and learnt late on Thursday about Mpianzi’s disappearance.

Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says thorough investigations must be conducted into both incidents.

“We are extremely shocked and saddened by these because we didn’t expect that we would start off in this way. I mean the families of those learners are grieving at the moment and we convey our condolences to them. it’s quite shocking that learners would still be drowning and when you listen to what is being said about the circumstances around it, it does indicate that some more investigation needs to be conducted to understand why a learner would drown. There were other people? There are rules. There has to be someone to take care of them, there has to be measures put in place to make sure that everyone is alive, all activities that they are undertaking are safe.”