Three dead brothers, fourth criticism after an energy drink given by their father
MEC Education Panyaza Lesufi in Gauteng has expressed devastation at news of the tragic deaths of three boy learners – all siblings – who died on Thursday.
FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi inspected and closed two illegal schools in Ivory Park on October 8, 2020. Photo: Abigail Javier/EWN
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MOE Panyaza Lesufi has expressed devastation at news of the tragic deaths of three boy learners – all siblings – who died on Thursday morning.
Police are investigating the tragedy and what exactly led to the deaths of the boys aged 6, 13 and 16 from Ratanda.
According to the department, according to preliminary reports, it is alleged that the boys’ father gave five of his children energy drinks as they prepared for school.
The boys studied at Ratanda Primary School and Khanya Lesedi Secondary School in Ratanda.
Learners died at school after complaining of stomach pain. One of them was rushed to the nearest hospital but died en route. The fourth brother is in critical condition in hospital.
Department spokesman Steve Mabona explains that fortunately the fifth brother did not consume the energy drink.
A police investigation is underway.