The family of the late Enock Mpianzi is suing the Gauteng Education Department for about R10 million for compensation for his death.
The former Parktown Boys High learner died after a makeshift raft he and his fellow pupils built, capsized in the Crocodile River at the Nyati Bush Lodge in the North West.
In a report released earlier this year, a forensic report by a private firm, Harris Nupen Molebatsi, found negligence on the part of some educators, including the principal, Malcolm Williams who was later placed on precautionary suspension.
Williams has since returned to the Johannesburg school. Among the findings was also that there were only five teachers to supervise over 200 learners at the camp.
In a briefing in Midrand on the readiness of schools in the province, Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says the Department’s legal team will engage with the family.
“After we released the report on Enock Mpianzi, we received a letter from his legal representatives representing the family about a potential action that they will take. Indeed, we received the formal letter last week. It was addressed to the minister and copied to us as a province where the legal team of the late Enock Mpianzi, the legal firm and the family are demanding R10 million from the Department. We have indicated that we have no appetite to oppose this matter. So, we have allowed our legal team to continue to engage with the legal firm representing the family,” says Lesufi.
In this video below, Lesufi addresses the media on the reopening of schools:
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