The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is deeply saddened by a tragic incident which resulted in the death of two boy learners, today, 11 September 2018, at Kumalo Primary School, in Katlehong. The said deceased learners, 10-year-old in Grade 4 and 7-year-old in Grade 1, were siblings.
It is alleged that, while in the classroom, the Grade 4 learner complained of experiencing stomach cramps and being nauseous. The learner was taken to the local clinic. Subsequently, the Grade 1 learner also complained of similar symptoms as the older sibling, and was also rushed to the local clinic. Both learners complicated and were unfortunately certified dead upon arrival at the clinic.
It is important noting that an educator sent by the school to inform the family about the condition of the two siblings, witnessed a 5-year-old at the family home complaining of similar symptoms. As a result, the 5-year-old sibling was also rushed to the clinic, subsequently transferred to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital for urgent medical attention, he is in a critical but stable condition. The police are investigating this tragic incident.
The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has immediately appointed an independent team to establish the cause and verify all available statements from the school and the parents.
The department’s Psychosocial Unit has been dispatched to the school to provide counselling and pastoral care to the family of the deceased, as well as the school community.
“On behalf of the entire education fraternity in Gauteng, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased learners and wish them peace and comfort during this difficult time. We hope that the family will find comfort in the knowledge that we too share their loss. No words are enough to express our sorrow at a loss of a child”, said MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
MEC Lesufi will tomorrow visit the school and family of the deceased learners in Katlehong.
Details of the visit are as follows:
Date:12 September 2018
Venue: Kumalo Primary School
397 Hlathi Street
For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona on 072 574 3860.
Issued by the Gauteng Department of Education
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