Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Friday suspended Parktown Boys’ High principal Malcolm Williams with immediate effect, amid almost daily new revelations surrounding Enoch Mpianzi’s drowning death.
It’s been a week since Parktown Boys’ High learner Mpianzi’s body was found in the Crocodile River, with his family determined to get justice for the 13-year-old-boy.
Mpianzi was last seen in the water when a raft made by the children capsized during an activity organised by the Nyati Bush and River Break lodge last week.
It has emerged that despite attempts by many of his fellow Parktown Boys’ High classmates to inform facilitators and teachers that Mpianzi was missing, they only started searching for the Grade 8 boy the following day.
Lesufi told a news briefing that the school camping trip had not been approved by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) at a district level.
The school, he said, insisted on going on the trip, with Lesufi placing the blame on Williams for allowing this.
“The school had made an application to the district to approve the trip. However, the district and the head office had not approved the trip, thus making it an unauthorised activity.”
He also announced that the officials at district level who did not flag the request with the Department’s head office would also be immediately suspended.
Lesufi added that the teachers on the trip would be charged individually based on an investigation into whether they were guilty of negligent behaviour.
All water-related activities in the province must get authorisation from the education department’s head office, the Gauteng Education MEC said.
Lesufi said the GDE appointed independent law firm, Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys, to help it in the matter.
Preliminary investigations are already under way.