Teachers under investigation in kids drowning
The Department of Education has assured that if an internal investigation reveals that there was negligence in the drowning and death of Mbuzo Oko (14) and Hoboyi Philasande (13) of Mbekweni Junior Primary School, those responsible will be fired or necessary steps taken.
The teenagers from Mthatha died at the Eastern Beach on October 18 while on a school farewell trip with 22 other learners, five teachers and three parents. Four other learners were saved by lifeguards, taken to hospital and were released the same day. There are back in school.
“We are looking into this matter, to ascertain who these adults are, where were they during the incident. We have to be fair and find out their side of the story. We will announce the findings as soon as the process has been completed,” said Malibongwe Mtima, spokesperson for the Department of Education.
The police have also opened a docket and the case is under investigation, according to Captain Mluleki Mbi. The Buffalo City Metro released information that the children were overwhelmed by a strong tide in an area of the beach that was cordoned off for swimmers. “Lifeguards use two flags to guide swimmers on areas that are safe for swimming, these children were way out of those boundaries,” said Samkelo Ngwenya, spokesperson for the Metro.
The Metro urged adults to always accompany children when swimming, to ensure that the children can swim and they are swimming in the safest areas as advised by lifeguards. 40 lifeguards’ posts have been advertised since the incident, to ensure there is enough to handle the number of people expected at the beach this summer.
Two more teens missing at sea!
Two Middelburg teenagers that went missing in the water on Sunday at the Quigney’s Eastern Beach have not yet been found, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
The three teenagers were in “difficulty in the surf” during a school tour.
“One teenager was rescued by surfers and he has been transported to hospital by emergency medical services in a stable condition for observation for non-fatal drowning symptoms,” said NSRI East London deputy station commander. McGregor.
He said the other two are still missing.
“Despite an extensive sea and shoreline search, there remains no sign of the two missing teenagers and police divers and Police K9 Search and Rescue is continuing in an ongoing search. Police have opened an investigation.”