Probe into deaths of 3 Winterveld kids complete: SAPS

2015-05-15 16:06

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

Johannesburg - Investigations into the deaths last year of three pupils who ingested poison have been completed and compiled into an inquest docket, Gauteng police said on Friday.

"The docket will be taken to court on Monday," spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said.

He said no arrests had been made during the investigation and the deaths had been registered as unnatural. The children were attending the Emma Primary School in Winterveld, north of Pretoria, at the time.

The docket will be sent to the Garankuwa Magistrate's Court for a decision based on the various reports compiled during investigations, Dlamini said.

On Thursday, the Gauteng education department confirmed that the poisoned food that led to their deaths came from one of the pupils' homes.

The pupils, two sisters aged 6 and 8, and their 8-year-old friend, died in hospital after being stricken with stomach pains and high temperatures in September last year.

The department reportedly claimed that the suspect food had been given to one of the pupils by her grandmother.

"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 on Thursday.

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

"No traces of the poison were found in the food provided to learners by the school’s feeding scheme."

Read more on:    gauteng education department  |  pretoria  |  education  |  crime

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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

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 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.