PODCAST | THE STORY: More questions than answers after release of report into Enock Mpianzi’s death is delayed

2020-02-21 11:05
It's been a difficult start to the 2020 school calendar for Gauteng, with several pupils dying in various tragic accidents. In less than two months, almost 20 student deaths have been reported.

It's been a difficult start to the 2020 school calendar for Gauteng, with several pupils dying in various tragic accidents. In less than two months, almost 20 student deaths have been reported. (News24)

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It's been a difficult start to the 2020 school calendar for Gauteng, with several pupils dying in various tragic accidents.

In January, Enock Mpianzi, 13, was swept away in the Crocodile River while attending a Grade 8 orientation camp at Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge, near Brits in the North West. 

He was last seen when a makeshift raft he and other boys were on overturned in the river, just hours after arriving at the camp.

His death sent shockwaves across the country. 

Shortly after the drowning, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi commissioned a forensic report into Mpianzi's death.

The report, compiled by Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys, was meant to be released on Thursday evening.

However, two hours before the scheduled release time, the department said it had consulted Mpianzi's family and found that it would be "insensitive to release the report without their blessings".

On this episode of The Story, we speak to News24 breaking news reporter Sesona Ngqakamba.

He has been covering this story since it first broke in January. Ngqakamba joins us to talk about the 'missing' report and how Mpianzi's family is holding up.

Later, Ian Levitt, the legal representative for Mpianzi's family, talks to us about the legal actions the family hopes to pursue.

Listen to the episode on SoundCloud here.


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