The family of Enock Mpianzi (13), Grade 8, Parktown Boys High School pupil who drowned during an orientation outing is suing the Gauteng Education Department for R10 million – and the Gauteng government will not oppose it.
Panyaza Lesufi, Education MEC in Gauteng, announced this during a media conference at Midrand on Monday.
“After we released a report on Enoch Mpianzi, we received a letter from legal representatives of the family about potential steps they want to take. Indeed, we received the formal letter last week. It was addressed to the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and our (department) included in the province, ”Lesufi said.
“We have indicated that we do not want to oppose the case. We have allowed our legal team to engage with the law firm representing the family so that we can use previous court cases on cases of the nature of judgment as a barometer to determine the appropriate (compensation) amount, ” Lesufi said.
Enock was swept through the water in the crocodile river and drowned while he was on an orientation camp at Nyathi Bush and River Break Lodge, near Brits.
He was last seen when a collapsed raft he and other children had to overturn overturned a few hours after arriving at the camp.