Matriculant falls to his death during school outing

2013-09-09 10:09

A matriculant from Bushbuckridge died when he fell 200m off a vertical cliff at the Three Rondawels in the Blyde River valley.

Thulani Sithole (18), a pupil at the Inyamande High School, was among a group of 50 pupils on a day visit to the area at the weekend, Beeld reported today.

According to a witness, some of the schoolboys consumed alcohol and then at about 3.30pm, shortly before the group would have left the area, Sithole climbed over the viewing platform and stood on the edge of the precipice, the newspaper reported.

He lost his balance and fell to his death in front of a friend, Devine Slauwe (18).

Rescue workers were summoned, but because it was getting dark, they were not able to retrieve Sithole’s body until yesterday morning.

The Mpumalanga education department said yesterday it would investigate the tragedy to draw up guidelines to ensure that pupils were safer during school outings.

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