Were schools supplied with 'fake sanitisers'?
By Khuthala Nandipha
The Department of Education (DOE) has apparently recalled sanitisers from over six schools in Mount Frere (kwaBhaca) that have been found to carry a 4% alcohol level. According to the World Health Organisation, sanitisers must carry a 74% alcohol content to be deemed appropriate for use.
MEC for Education, Fundile Gade called for the blocking of payment and blacklisting of the company that supplied the sanitisers. Schools complained and exposed the company on social media resulting in the DOE commissioning expert scientists from Rhodes University to test suspect samples of sanitisers.
"The results of those tests have been quite revealing and shocking as they have confirmed the worst suspicions, with some of the sanitiser's alcohol content found to be as low as 4%," said MEC Gade.
He added that this carelessness has effectively put the lives of children and teachers in danger and as such, they have consulted their legal team to ensure that law takes its course against the company involved.
Eastern Cape Rising Sun has not yet received any comment from the company accused at the time of publishing. This is a developing story.
Makaula Senior Secondary where over 200 pupils tested positive to Covid 19 last month, was one of those schools. Other affected schools include Lilitha Intha Senior Primary School, Nqhontosi Senior Primary School, Cwalinkungu Primary School, Mbodleni Senior Secondary School, and St Georges Senior Secondary School among others.