By Kaya 959 Reporter
Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, has extended his condolences to the families of three schoolboys who died in separate incidents this week.
Two of the boys allegedly committed suicide while the third boy died while playing soccer.
A Grade 10 boy from the Emadwaleni Secondary School in Soweto allegedly took his own life after a fight with his parents.
“Initial reports indicate the boy learner allegedly hung himself after quarreling with his parents. His body was found next to a park near his home and was removed from the scene by the Gauteng Pathology Services,” Lesufi said.
He said a Clapham High School pupil passed away after getting ill at school.
The Grade 11 boy was playing soccer during Physical Training and his parents were called to the school.
“An ambulance was immediately called to the school. Unfortunately, the learner passed on at the Muelmed Hospital in Arcadia later that same evening,” Lesufi said.
PS Fourie Primary School pupil dies
The third boy allegedly committed suicide.
“We received more gloomy news as it was confirmed that a Grade 7 boy pupil from PS Fourie Primary School in Eesterus has passed away. Our reports allege that the boy learner died as a result of suicide. It is also alleged that he had not been attending classes since the beginning of term 3 on 26 July 2021,” the MEC said.
He said Psycho-Social Units have been dispatched to the three schools to provide counselling to the bereaved families and classmates of the learners.
“We are deeply saddened by these untimely deaths and wish to convey our condolences to all the families who lost their children in these three different incidents. We mourn with the families, friends, teachers and fellow learners of these learners,” Lesufi said.
He added, “There are no adequate words to express our sorrow at the loss of a child. We hope that the families will find comfort in the knowledge that we share their loss.”