THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ENOCK MPIANZI


Flowers laid outside Parktown Boys’ High School

Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

23 January 2020

Media Statement

The Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) stands in solidarity with the family of Enock Mpianzi the 13-year-old grade 8 pupil of Parktown Boys High School who died during a school orientation camp after a makeshift raft he had built with 11 other boys overturned in the Crocodile River swollen by recent rains.

About 200 pupils took part in the camp which took place at the Nyati Bush and Riverbreak lodge in the North West last week. Enock is the fourth child to drown at the lodge. The 13-year-old’s disappearance went unnoticed for 17 hours and his body was found 3km downstream a day after he was reported missing.

                  Enoch Mpianz                                                                                                   Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge                                                                                                                                                  Picture: Ahmed Kajee/EWN

HURISA is in support of the investigation carried out by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). We call for justice for Mpianzi and remind the public and suspects to respect the constitutional mandate of SAHRC to conduct the investigation independently without fear, favour or prejudice.

HURISA is calling on parents in South Africa to work together in ensuring protection of children and holding the school accountable for the gross negligence that led to the untimely death of Mpianzi. The constitution protects everyone not to be subjected to torture, inhumane and degrading treatment. It also safeguards the best interest of the children and defines children as anyone under the age of 18 years.

Mpianzi’s family is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He lived in Yeoville in Johannesburg and is a relative to one of HURISA’s staff member Cathy Elsando. May the precious soul of Enock Mpianzi rest in peace and may the Mpianzi family be comforted at their tragic loss.

For more information contact
Lindiwe Khoza
HURISA Communication and Advocacy Officer
Email: lindiwe@hurisa.org.za
Mobile 063 319 8346

HURISA STATEMENT ON THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ENOCK MPIANZI

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