A report detailing “extreme negligence” that led to the death of Parktown Boys’ High School student Enock Mpianzi has been handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Mpianzi drowned in a river during the school’s orientation camp at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak lodge in Brits, North West. Student’s aimed accusations of negligence at teachers and staff at the lodge where the incident took place.
Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge, teachers who had accompanied the schoolchildren to the orientation camp, and the school itself are all implicated in the damning report, which thoroughly investigated the circumstances surrounding the drowning of the grade eight student in February.
NPA deliberate prosecution
NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwana confirmed that the NPA had received the docket on Friday.
Acting director of prosecutions, Advocate George Baloyi, will now make a decision on whether or not to prosecute anybody for the boy’s death.
“Advocate Baloyi has since appointed a team of prosecutors who will be working on the docket,” she said.
“Once all outstanding issues have been finalised, the NPA will make its decision,” said Mjondondwana.
Report contained damning evidence
The report, compiled by Peter Harris, of Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys, found that the school, members of staff and the facility where the horrific death occurred should all be held accountable in some way.
It detailed several instances where those who should have been looking after the boy and his peers were negligent. The forensic report also found that more deaths had occurred at the lodge:
- In 1999 a North View School pupil Portia Sowela drowned;
- In 2002 Malvern High School pupil Thuso Moalusi drowned in the river;
- In 2009 a Laerskool Welgedag pupil Tumi Mokowane drowned in a pool and;
- In 2010 an Adamantia High School pupil Mellony Sias drowned in the river.