WATCH | Enock Mpianzi's family forced to climb over lodge's locked gate during SAHRC site visit

2020-01-22 13:25
Anto Mpianzi is comforted by family members during a site inspection at the Nyati Bush and River Break lodge near Brits in North West where her son’s body was found. (Chanté Schatz, News24)

Anto Mpianzi is comforted by family members during a site inspection at the Nyati Bush and River Break lodge near Brits in North West where her son’s body was found. (Chanté Schatz, News24)

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The family of 13-year-old Enock Mpianzi were forced to climb over a locked gate at the Nyati Bush and River Break lodge near Brits in North West on Tuesday during an inspection with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

The Chapter 9 institution is probing the death of the Parktown Boys' High School pupil, who had attended a Grade 8 orientation camp last week.

Mpianzi was last seen on Wednesday when a makeshift raft he and other boys had built and were testing overturned on the Crocodile River on the first day of the camp. During the inspection, family members showed the commission's officials how the search unfolded last Thursday. They also explained what they were told by officials last week.

Pieces of wood which were used to make the rafts could still be seen at the site on Tuesday afternoon. Mpianzi's mother, Antoinette, sobbed inconsolably during the visit. 

The lodge's owners had initially agreed to the site inspection, said the SAHRC's Buang Jones. The owners could not be reached on Tuesday to gain access to the property.

News24 was also unable to reach them for comment.

Read more on:    sahrc  |  enock mpianzi  |  johannesburg  |  drownings
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