MEC Matome Chiloane Calls for Independent Probe into Grade 7 Girl’s Drowning during Approved Excursion

MEC Matome Chiloane Calls for Independent Probe into Grade 7 Girl’s Drowning during Approved Excursion

Expressing Profound Sadness: Gauteng MEC Matome Chiloane Addresses Tragic School Excursion Drowning

Matome Chiloane, Gauteng’s Education MEC, has conveyed deep sadness over a heartbreaking incident during a school excursion to Wag n Bietjie Resort in Witkoppin, Olifantafontein, on Saturday, January 20, 2024. A Grade 7 girl from Laerskool Queenswood in Pretoria tragically drowned during the approved one-day outing.

Active Police Investigation: Circumstances Surrounding the Tragic Incident

Authorities are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic drowning during the school excursion.

Both the district and the school have extended their condolences to the grieving family. In response to this incident, MEC Chiloane has called for an independent investigation, with the education department initiating the appointment of an external law firm.

Once finalized, the firm will be introduced to the school Management Team and the bereaved family.

Honoring the Student: Memorial Service and Commemoration

To honor and commemorate the life of the student, a memorial service was conducted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

The education department is actively ensuring transparency in the investigation, aiming for a thorough examination of the events that transpired during the intended day of exploration and enjoyment.

Transparent Investigation: Education Department’s Commitment

The education department is dedicated to progressing the investigation into the school excursion drowning, emphasizing transparency and a comprehensive examination of the tragic events.

MEC Chiloane expressed sincere condolences to the bereaved family and the larger school community, hoping that an independent investigation will shed light on the specifics of the incident.

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