EC learner (10) dies due to gale force winds
Gale force winds claimed the life of 10-year-old Asenathi Gani, after a gum-tree branch (pictured below) fell on him during break time at Lusikisiki Village Junior Secondary school last week. Gani was amongst three Grade 6 learners who were involved in this incident. He sustained head injuries and had to be airlifted to Mthatha where he later died in hospital.
The other two learners, 12-year-old Lindokuhle Dweba and 11-year-old Alindwe Nqubula were treated and discharged at St Elizabeth Hospital. Dweba has had his middle finger amputated to stop bleeding while Nqubula suffered a left shoulder injury.
The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) MEC, Fundile Gade visited the school to mourn the tragic death of Gani and immediately instructed the felling of the trees in the school, which has already been done. Ten social workers are currently counselling the rest of the learners and teachers as they witnessed the incident.
Last Wednesday, Buffalo City was lashed by gale winds with gusts up to 80 km/hour. Private property, municipal infrastructure and schools were damaged, trees were uprooted, branches fell off, with the biggest damage being roofs that were blown off. There was a shack fire at East Bank and temporary structures were blown down in Amalinda.
The roof and ceiling of two classes at Lwandisa Primary school in Mdantsane Zone 2 were blown away. Frightened children and teachers were forced to evacuate the classes and use other classes temporarily.