Gauteng dept waiting for reports on amputee
Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department is waiting for medical and legal reports to substantiate a claim being made on behalf of a 5-year-old who lost his legs in a school accident, its spokesperson said on Monday.
Lewis Wynne was in Grade R at Carter Primary School, in Alexandra, when his legs were crushed by a tree which crashed into his classroom when it fell over.
Both his legs were amputated - one below the knee and the other through the knee.
Department spokesperson Charles Phahlane said the boy's father, Kenneth Wynne, was working through a lawyer who had been in contact with the department to discuss the claim.
The department had referred the matter to the state law adviser who said the claim had to be quantified in monetary value by medical and legal experts.
These reports would document past and future hospital and related expensed, loss of prospective income, as well as general damages.
"When a figure has been presented, the parties may then convene a roundtable to discuss a mutually acceptable settlement," Phahlane said.
In December 2011 and January 2012, the experts, including an actuary, were closed for the festive season.
This meant that the medical and legal reports to substantiate the claim would be ready only in March.
"Based on the discussion with the Wynne family attorneys, the matter is expected to be discussed in March when they submit these reports," he said.