School run ends in drowning

2012-08-15 00:00

A FAMILY from Nongidi, near Ezinqoleni, is mourning the death of a schoolboy who drowned at the weekend while crossing a river during a school cross-country race.

Police recovered the body of Wandile Ncayiyana, a Grade 7 pupil at Bhosikhi Primary School, from the Mzimkhulwana River.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said the boy was among a group who had strayed off course.

It is believed that he could not swim and drowned at the confluence of the Thuvekezi and Mzimkhulwana rivers.

A candle-lit vigil was in progress when The Witness arrived at his family’s homestead in Nongidi.

During an interview with the boy’s grandfather, word came through to the family that Bhosikhi Primary headmaster Blessing Ngcobo had ordered them not to speak to the media.

They apologised and The Witness left.

Asked what authority he had to do this, Ngcobo said he had simply asked them not to speak about school matters.

He then agreed that this, too, was not within his jurisdiction.

Ngcobo said he had sent a report to the provincial Education Department and would not say more.

Other schools that took part in the Saturday run were Mthini Primary School and Zamukuzakha Primary School.

The Witness learned that Wandile excelled academically and did not usually participate in sports.

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