Poisoned food came from childrens' home: MEC

2015-05-14 21:15

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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.

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