Primary school pupils discover dead body under mobile classroom

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Provincial education spokesperson Steve Mabona said pupils discovered a dead body under a Grade 5 mobile container classroom. Photo: Mzamani Mathye
Provincial education spokesperson Steve Mabona said pupils discovered a dead body under a Grade 5 mobile container classroom. Photo: Mzamani Mathye


The parents of pupils at MC Weiler Primary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg, expressed shock and disbelief after pupils discovered a dead body under a mobile container classroom on Thursday.

According to the Gauteng education department, pupils were playing football inside the school premises during lunch break when their ball went under a classroom used to teach the Grade 5s.

Provincial education spokesperson Steve Mabona said that was when the pupils made the gruesome discovery and immediately informed their teachers.

He said: 

One of the pupils had to fetch the soccer ball under the mobile classroom and he saw a dead body covered with a blanket. He alerted other pupils, who informed their teachers. The school management contacted the police and pupils were dismissed to allow police officials to conduct necessary investigations.

A 43-year-old mother of a Grade 5 pupil at the school said it was shocking that there was a dead body under the classroom.

“One wonders now how our kids are safe when people are able to dispose of a dead body at the school. Also, how long has the body been there for? How can someone be so cruel to dump a dead body at a school? What if it is one of the kids who is thrown under the mobile classroom next time? If the school had proper classes, this would not have happened,” she said.

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Mabona said learning and teaching were halted at the school on Thursday, but classes resumed on Friday.

“The department has dispatched its psychosocial unit to the school to provide counselling and trauma support for all the affected pupils and staff members.”

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said: 

While we await further reports from the police regarding this incident, learning at the school will continue with necessary psychosocial support.


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