The family of Enock Mpianzi are going to have to wait a little while longer before an official forensic report into the death of their 13-year-old son is released. However, the postponement has come at their request.
Enock Mpianzi – latest news and updates
Education authorities in Gauteng revealed on Thursday that the release of the investigation will be pushed back until 27 February. The highly-anticipated document is expected to comprehensively explain how a negligent series of events lead the teenager to his tragic death, after he drowned on a school trip.
The Parktown Boys School hierarchy has come in for an avalanche of criticism. Teachers, organisers and even senior members of staff have been blamed for a poorly orgaised outing. It’s understood some kids were left alone to build their own rafts, and were expected go downstream on them at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak in Brits.
Sadly, Enock Mpianzi was gripped by the current, and his body was found a few kilometres along the river. It took the “responsible adults” overseeing the trip more than 24 hours to raise the alarm after he went missing.
Enock Mpianzi: Why has the report been delayed?
With the local community – and millions of concerned South Africans – seeking justice, the postponement of the findings will come as a disappointment. But as Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and his department explain, it’s the Mpianzi family who have halted the release. It has been revealed that the parents “have not yet given their blessing” to make the details public:
“The forensic report into the death of Enock Mpianzi scheduled for release this evening has been postponed. After a consultation with the Mpianzi family, we find it insensitive to release the report without their blessing. Subsequent to our meeting today, we agreed that the next session will be held on 27 February.”
“It is on the basis of the above that we have taken a decision, after the consultation with the Gauteng Premier Mr David Makhura , to reschedule the release of the forensic report until these processes have been concluded. We sincerely apologise to the Mpianzi family, for the inconvenience this may have caused.”
Lesufi issues an apology
The reason why the family want the family want the release pushed back hasn’t been disclosed. But Lesufi and his team are accepting all responisbility:
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) February 20, 2020