The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has offered legal assistance to the family of the 13-year-old Parktown Boys’ High School learner who drowned at a Grade 8 orientation camp in the North West last week.
Enoch Mpianzi went missing at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge last Wednesday. His body was found on Friday.
Mpianzi was last seen when a makeshift raft which he and other boys were using overturned on the first day of camp on the Crocodile River.
In another incident, Keamohetswe Shaun Seboko of the Magaliesburg’s Laerskool in Johannesburg drowned in the school’s swimming pool on Wednesday, 13 January 2020.
The SAHRC’s Buang Jones said the Commission stepped in after the Mpianzi family indicated that it would like the Chapter 9 body to help.
The SAHRC is to meet with the family Monday.
“The meeting is to give them an opportunity to ventilate their concerns and give them an opportunity to explore the remedies they are seeking. But we stand ready to provide legal support to the family,” Jones said.
Parktown Boys’ High School and the lodge have come under fire after the incident and has been widely criticised for the way it handled the case.
The criticisms relate to questions about why it took the school several hours to report the disappearance of the boy – both to his parents and to other parents whose children were on the camp.
Questions have also been raised about whether the boys were wearing life jackets at the time they took part in the “water activity.”
Parliament’s Select Committee on Education said it was “devastated” by the high number of the recent incidents of tragic deaths of learners around the country.