DA calls on Education Department to share report on food poisoning deaths

February 2, 2015

KhumeThe DA in Gauteng has submitted written questions to both MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malebane to establish whether an investigation was launched into the deaths of three learners – from Emma Primary school in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria – who died of food poisoning in September last year.

Despite the police services reporting to have opened an inquest into the matter, MEC Lesufi and his department made a commitment to send the food for testing and to independently investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the three learners.

To date, parents have not received any update regarding the alleged investigations as promised by the education department.

The DA calls on MEC Lesufi and his department to divulge the findings of the investigation to the bereaved families, and implement necessary action steps to ensure no further loss of lives in future.

It’s distressing that parents send their children to school with the belief that they will be in a safe environment only to find out that their loved ones have passed on.

Justice must be served and this matter should be brought to finality.

Media enquiries:
Khume Ramulifho, MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education
082 398 7375