Tributes are pouring in for a missing 13-year-old Grade 8 pupil whose death was confirmed Friday following an orientation camp outing that went horribly wrong.
Shocked and teary-eyed parents and pupils at Parktown Boys’ High School in Johannesburg were seen walking out of the school gates, as Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi informed that Enoch Mpianzi’s body had been found.
The Gauteng Education MEC said the boy’s death will be investigated.
“I am here with the parents and the leadership of the school. We hoped and wished [that he would be found alive], but police retrieved the body. It was difficult to brief the family,” a visibly upset Lesufi said.
Danie van der Merwe, marketing manager at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak, where the camp took place, referred all media queries to the education department, News24 reported.
The Teddy Bear Foundation, who was called in by the Department, was at the school to offer support.