Poisoned food came from childrens' home: MEC

2015-05-14 21:15

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department confirmed on Thursday that the poisoned food that led to the death of three pupils at the Emma Primary School, in Winterveld, came from one of the pupils' homes.

"The incident was widely reported in the media and some of the allegations were that all three learners passed away after eating food provided by the school through its school nutrition programme," MEC Panyaza Lesufi said in a statement. 

An investigation confirmed that the cause of death was poison. 

"On the day in question, one of the three learners had brought to the school food from home and a bottle of juice. The food was shared by all three learners during the school break," Lesufi said. 

"Traces of the poison were not found in any of the food provided to learners by the school’s feeding scheme. Therefore, the cause of death in respect of all three learners was not the food provided to learners by the school’s feeding scheme. "

He said the matter was currently the subject of a police investigation. 

Police could not immediately comment on the investigation.

The pupils, two sisters aged six and eight, and their eight-year-old friend died in hospital after complaining of stomach pains and high temperatures in September last year.

Following the incident, the department reportedly claimed that the food in question had been given to one of the pupils by her grandmother.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  education

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Tim Noakes found guilty

15 minutes ago

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.