The Premier of Mpumalanga Province, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, Education MEC, Mr Bonakele Majuba and Human Settlements MEC, Ms Norah Mahlangu , led a delegation of the Provincial Government to the family of a grade six learner who sadly passed away at the Bankfontein Combined School in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality on Wednesday. The 11-year old learner died when a Jojo tank fell on top of her while she was trying to drink water.
“We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate and unacceptable loss of a young life,” said the Premier when extending her condolences to the family.
Mtshweni-Tsipane said it is because of alleged poor workmanship in erecting the JOJO tank that caused the tank to fall and as a result kill the learner. She said thorough investigations will be done and disciplinary measures will be taken. She also
The Premier also ordered that an audit be conducted on the quality of JOJO tanks installations across the Province.
“Painful as this tragedy has been, we as the Provincial Government have a responsibility to ensure that this unfortunate incident is not repeated. Our children’s safety in all our learning institutions is a non-negotiable priority,” she said.
According to the Education Department spokesperson Mr Jasper Zwane, the department has already visited the school and offered counselling for the learners. He said the department is also talking to the family about how the department can help them.