Durban - A group of bunking high school pupils waited nearly a week to report the death of an Effingham Heights tuck shop owner, fearing they would be punished for truancy, a local security company said on Tuesday.The elderly man’s body was recovered from his home in Bhamo Avenue on Monday, Marshall Security spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said. According to information they gleaned at the scene, some pupils had gone to the house - which is next to the school in Bhamo Avenue - last week and found the shopkeeper’s body."Out of fright, the children only managed to report their findings to their teacher on Monday morning who, in turn, alerted the local neighbourhood watch," Van Reenen said.The security company was contacted and went to the house."The heavily decomposed body of the man, believed to be approximately 58 years of age, was found in his kitchen. Local community members suggest that the man was last seen towards the end of July."