Nov 29, 2021

MEC Lesufi Saddens By Deaths Of Three Gauteng Pupils This Week

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The learner allegedly felt sick at school while playing soccer during the Physical Training period.

FILE PHOTO: Panyaza Lesufi said he regretted his "participation in this incomplete process and the possible falsehood shared with members of the public". PICTURE: Business Day

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JOHANNESBURG: The department said the police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death. 

Gauteng education department MEC Panyaza Lesufi expressed his sadness and sent condolences to the families after three Gauteng pupils lost their lives in the province during this week. 

“We are deeply saddened by these untimely deaths and wish to convey our condolences to all the families who lost their children in these three different incidents,” Mr Lesufi said. 

According to the provincial department, a Grade 10 pupil from Emadwaleni Secondary School in Soweto allegedly hung himself following quarrelling with his parents on Wednesday. 

“Initial reports indicate that his body was found next to a park near his home and was removed from the scene by the Gauteng Pathology Services,” said the provincial department in a statement. 

The department said the police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death. 

On Tuesday, the department was also devastated to receive news of the death of a Grade 11 pupil from Clapham High School in Pretoria who passed away after allegedly falling ill on school grounds. 

The learner allegedly felt sick at school while playing soccer during the Physical Training period.  

“His parents were informed about his condition and an ambulance was immediately called to the school. Unfortunately, the learner passed on at Muelmed Hospital in Arcadia, Pretoria later in the evening,” the department said. 

Furthermore, another Grade 7 pupil from P S Fourie Primary School in Eesterus passed away, allegedly as a result of suicide. 

“It is also alleged that he had not been attending classes since the beginning of term 3 on 26 July 2021.”  

“We mourn with the families, friends, teachers and fellow learners of these learners.  

“There are no adequate words to express our sorrow at the loss of a child. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we, too, share their loss,” Mr Lesufi added. 

Furthermore, the families and fellow classmates of the learners who passed away continue to get support from the department’s psycho-social unit.  

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