Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has challenged Parktown Boys’ High School to take responsibility for the death of its new learner, 13-year-old, Enoch Mpianzi.
Malema was speaking during a visit by a delegation of EFF leaders to the Mpianzi family in Malvern, Johannesburg on Wednesday. The Grade 8 learner died last week when he drowned during a school camp in Brits, North West.
The EFF undertook to provide legal services of renowned lawyer, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, to the family.
“Now it’s up to the school and [the lodge owners where Mpianzi died] to give us the answers. The reason we are zooming in is...you can see now that they are trying to turn this thing around and do a cover-up and blame the poor family with the hope that they won’t have the necessary means to take them on,” Malema said.
“We are here to give them ammunition so that whatever they want to take on, they should without financial constraints,” said the EFF leader.
Malema said dragging those responsible for deaths to court is the only thing that would put a stop to similar cases.
“Enoch’s death gives us that opportunity to start taking action against the schools and individuals responsible, who take our kids to the camps and leave them unattended.
“If you listen to uncle’s account (Sebastian Kodie Motha) of events, almost 12 hours … if not 24 hours … went by without anyone accounting for this child,” he said.
The fierce EFF leader said it appears Parktown Boys’ High School tried to cover the incident up.
“If this other child had not raised an alarm we would not know about this matter. Once action is taken and people are criminally charged, legally sued and some even lose their jobs, that is the day we are going to turn this thing (tragedy) around.
“People will now know that they must take serious measures to make sure that whatever activity they undertake, no one loses life,” said Malema.
The family is yet to announce when young Enoch would be laid to rest.