Pupils in ‘dangerous situation’ were rescued from river at Nyati lodge

A protest was held outside Parktown Boys’ High on Tuesday. On the same day, Enoch Mpianzi’s parents and a SAHRC delegation visited the North West lodge where Enoch died.
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The Nyati Bush and River Break lodge has confirmed that facilitators at the camp had to help three groups of pupils “in a dangerous situation” get out of the river, when they entered deep water with a strong current on improvised rafts.

The lodge, through a statement by its legal representative Daniel Eloff, on Wednesday sought to clarify the circumstances around the death of grade 8 pupil Enoch Mpianzi, who disappeared during the activity.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) accused the owner of Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge in Brits, in the North West, of obstructing its work on Tuesday January 21 2020. The commission’s delegation, accompanied by Enoch Mpianzi’s family, was locked out of the property after a site visit was reportedly arranged. Mpianzi drowned at the lodge during a rafting activity with other Parktown Boys’ High pupils.

Eloff said pupils were accompanied by the headmaster of Parktown Boys’ High, seven staff members and grade 12 prefects.

The pupils arrived at the lodge late and immediately took part in a land-based stretcher-run.

Afterwards they got into teams and “had to pass through about 20m of a shallow bend on the outside edge of the riverbank, with one member on a stretcher which had to be improvised as a raft, supported by four tubes, and the remaining team members supporting and steering the tubes and stretcher.

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