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The Eastern Cape Department of Education MEC, the honourable Mandla Makupula mourns the tragic passing on of a ten-year-old Vukuzenzele Special school learner yesterday.

The learner passed on from a car accident yesterday afternoon just after leaving school with a school bus. Details surrounding this learner’s death are still under investigation as statements have been made already internally.

This male Grade R learner had a speech disability. The incident happened just after school today minutes after the bus left the school even before the escort car joined them.

The department has sent officials to the family to report this incident and counselling for learners, educators, family and other official has been activated to support them during this trying time in their lives.

The MEC sends his condolences to the family of the deceased and the school community at large. “Our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this death of a young and precious life. Our department has lost a national treasure and we mourn as such”, says Makupula.

Details of the funeral will be further communicated by the department as soon as the family pronounce it.


Issued by Communications: Media Liaison Office. For more information contact Mali Mtima 083 795 2117

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