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My son can’t shower because water traumatises him – mum of boy who last saw Enoch Mpianzi

t is a week later and the sound of water traumatises him.

He has not showered since returning from the camp and does not want to speak out because he was told not to do so.

Witnessing Enoch Mpianzi “struggling” in a river before being swept away, has left one of the last boys to see him shocked into silence.

*Lizo Mnguni (not his real name) was one of at least two boys who tried to alert Parktown Boys’ High teachers that Mpianzi had been swept away when their self-made raft capsized in the Crocodile River in Brits in North West last week, but he claims no one listened.Mnguni has detailed how he met Mpianzi, as well as the moments during and after he fell into the river during a team-building exercise at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak lodge.

He had made friends with Mpianzi from the time they boarded the bus at the Johannesburg school and was in the same group as Mpianzi during the water activity.

He spotted Mpianzi standing alone and approached him with another boy to introduce themselves. They “instantly formed a bond”.

The pupil claims there were no teachers present at the river, “only us Grade 8 boys, the school prefects and the camp facilitators”.

Mnguni said the stretcher capsized soon after they got into the water and the boys scrambled to grab onto the parts that came loose.

Tried to raise the alarmAt that moment, I felt like I was going to die.”

He added: “Enoch did NOT manage to get to the rubber tube… He seemed stuck in one place, trying to keep his head above water. I grabbed a pole and tried to pass it to Enoch. But… I couldn’t reach him… The river swept him away.”

Mnguni said when roll call was done after the incident, he and his friend were ignored when they tried to raise the alarm that Mpianzi was last seen struggling in the river.

READ | I told them he was struggling in the river – fellow pupil recalls Enoch Mpianzi’s last moments

The boy’s mother, who cannot be named to protect his identity, says he’s been stunned into silence.

“My son can’t take a shower. He has not showered since he came back from the camp because the sound of water traumatises him. My son doesn’t want to open up and talk openly about this because the principal told him that he mustn’t speak to anyone.”

The boy’s account of what happened aired on Radio 702 on the Eusebius McKaiser Show on Wednesday morning.

News24 reported on Saturday that the boy was the first to raise the alarm that Mpianzi was missing after the pupils had returned from the activity, Mpianzi’s uncle Sebastian Kodiemoka said.

Since returning from the camp following the tragic death of his friend, Mnguni has not been the same, his mother told News24.

“Enoch could easily have been my son, so I feel let down by the school. We chose Parktown Boys’ High because it’s paraded as a good school,” said the emotional parent. She said the school had written to parents and outlined that the camp was compulsory and provided indemnity forms, which they signed, but the very same school “neglected their children”.

‘The teachers were not there’

She said the school was “grossly negligent” and had showed bad behaviour in dealing with the matter. She added that it was unacceptable that parents had handed over their children to the school and the school then handed the pupils to camp facilitators the parents didn’t know.

“The time they were going to the river, the teachers were not there. They were with camp facilitators and I didn’t hand my son to facilitators I don’t know. I handed my son to a school I’ve enrolled him at. I feel like they really did not care about our children.”

The woman said her son was a caring boy which is why he had approached Enoch when he was standing alone.

Woman searching for Good Samaritan who paid for B&B after she missed her flight

Wendy Paviour. A Wakkerstroom woman who missed her flight was set to spend the night at OR Tambo International Airport, but a kind man took pity on her and paid for her overnight accommodation.

Wendy Paviour, 64, missed her flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the evening of Sunday, December 22, after apparently being directed to the wrong boarding gate.

“They gave me and a few other people the wrong gate number. I was notified that the departing gate would be C10, but on arrival at C10 we were told it had changed to C13,” Paviour said.

“We waited there for a long time and eventually another passenger and I decided to ask. We were told it had changed back to C10 and that they called for us and sent an SMS, which I did not receive.”Paviour’s only option was to pay an additional R400 to be put on the next flight, which was scheduled for 06:00 the next morning, leaving her stuck at the airport for the entire night.

“I was really freaked out because I didn’t have anywhere to go, I’m 64 years old, I’ve had a lot of operations – I couldn’t sit at the airport all night.”

Comforted by strangers

Paviour was comforted by two women sitting nearby. “I was visibly upset and they wanted to know what the matter was. When I explained that I would have to spend the night at the airport, their dad, who was in a wheelchair, said he would pay for me to stay in a hotel.”

According to Paviour, the Good Samaritan was assisted by an airport employee, known only as Elvis, who was “awesome”.

“Elvis’ job is to assist people in wheelchairs. He phoned my niece in Cape Town, he organised a place for me to stay, and arranged for me to be dropped off and picked up the next day.” Paviour has since attempted to contact Elvis, with no luck.

“Elvis saved his number on my phone, but I’ve tried to phone that number several times and it doesn’t work. He may have punched in a wrong digit or something.”

She wants to express her gratitude to Elvis, as well as the man who paid for her overnight stay.

“The man gave Elvis his card, and I would like to make contact with both of them to thank them.”

KZN teacher shot in abdomen while trying to save colleagues from armed robbery

Although his bravery nearly killed him, a KwaZulu-Natal teacher escaped with his life when he tried to save his colleagues during an armed robbery at the school.

Durban teacher Khetha Ntuli was shot in the abdomen in Buhlebethu Primary School’s main office in Inanda, Newtown C, when two former pupils and several others robbed teachers at gunpoint.

The robbers pretended that they wanted to register a child and a security guard took them to the principal’s office where they were told registration was not possible, Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said.

Mshengu visited the school on Thursday morning.

“Upon being told the learner cannot be admitted, they pretended to be walking out of the school and went to the staff room and started mugging teachers at gunpoint.”

Mshengu said the principal witnessed the incident on CCTV and heard her colleagues’ screams.

“She then pressed the panic button and called for help through her intercom. Unfortunately, as they were leaving the staff room, they met one of the teachers who was coming in to help his colleagues and they shot him and ran away.”

He said cameras clearly showed the robbers’ faces.

Four people have since been arrested, according to police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

Mbele said the four people, aged 19 to 21, were arrested in KwaMashu and were in possession of four cellphones taken during the robbery.

“They will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court soon.”

Baby still missing as woman, 18, appears in court on kidnapping charge

Kwahlelo Tiwane, who was kidnapped in Cape Town on January 15, 2020 (Supplied by SAPS)Two-month-old Kwahlelo Tiwane, who was snatched in Cape Town, has yet to be found as his alleged kidnapper made her second appearance in court.

Karabo Vivian Tau, 18, applied for bail in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, confirmed regional National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

He said Tau, who faces a charge of kidnapping, would remain in custody until her next appearance on Monday as her application was postponed.

Western Cape police said a woman had snatched Tiwane, one of twin boys, in Parow last Wednesday by gaining their mother’s trust.

Police spokesperson Colonel André Traut said the woman had posed as a social worker, asking for the baby’s birth certificate and clinic card.

“The suspect returned the next day and accompanied the mother and children in a taxi to Parow, where she told the mother her office was.”

Once the vehicle stopped at the “office”, the woman got out with one of the twins and fled.

Khayelitsha ward councillor Xolisa Ngwekazi told EWN the family and residents had been approached by a young lady posing as a social worker who said she was looking for unemployed people so she could provide them with food parcels and a R1 000 voucher.

10 questions that need answers as Lesufi releases report into Enoch Mpianzi’s death

All eyes will be on the Gauteng education department on Friday when it releases its report into the death of 13-year-old Enoch Mpianzi, who drowned at a Parktown Boys’ High School Grade 8 orientation camp last week.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is expected to release the report at 11:00 at the department’s offices in Johannesburg.

Lesufi is also expected to update parents at the school later in the evening on the developments regarding the boy’s death.

Mpianzi was last seen last Wednesday during a water activity on the first day of the camp at Nyati Bush and River Break lodge near Brits in North West. At the time, a makeshift raft he and other boys were on overturned on the Crocodile River.

Since the tragedy, there have been a plethora of questions about what led to the drowning and whether the school was negligent.

Social media was also abuzz as people analysed the timeline of the events, from when those at the camp realised that Mpianzi was missing, to the moment that school authorities reacted.

8.  Who should be held accountable for the boy’s death?

9. What steps are going to be taken against the school and lodge?

10. Going forward, will the department consider telling schools to scrap these camps, especially at Parktown Boys’ High School?

Here’s a list of 10 questions for Lesufi:

1.  Why did the school not do a roll call before the pupils left for the camp on Wednesday morning?

2.  Was the school negligent in undertaking the trip at the lodge when, it appears, there were previous drownings there?

3.  The lodge has indicated that the school requested a change in activities when the pupils arrived. Why was this?

4.  Why were the children swimming without life jackets?

5.  Besides eight facilitators from the lodge, were there any teachers who supervised the activity?

6.  Why did the school take so long to act and report the case to the police and parents?

7.  Why, when some of the children raised the alarm that Mpianzi was missing, were they ignored?