A Soweto student has died after drowning while on a school trip in Mozambique. The 21-year-old was part of a group of 12 students from Jeppe College in Johannesburg.

Another student is in a stable condition in hospital. Now the South African Embassy in Mozambique is preparing to repatriate the body.

The family of the deceased is grieving. What was supposed to have been a learning trip for Mpho Morakile has turned into tragedy.

She and two other students were swept away by a strong current while swimming at a beach in Inhambane. Two survived and she did not make it. The second year travel and tourism student was doing practicals at the time of the accident.

“We are devastated and still in shock as a result, we are speechless it is not the first time our students go to Mozambique for practicals. We pass our condolences to the family and our students,” says Principal Robert Nhlaba.

Both parents are still too distraught by the death. They say they are still in shock and are waiting for more information from Mozabique. Her father will be travelling to Mozambique to be part of the repatriation process.

Meanwhile the SA embassy in Mozambique is dealing with the repatriation.

They say they are already in touch with the rest of the students and will give them the necessary support. Mpho is survived by her parents and younger brother.

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– By Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni