The Gauteng education department has yet to agree on a settlement amount for Enoch Mpianzi’s family teenager’s drowning after the department was served with a summons demanding R20 million.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi briefed the media on Sunday, saying although the incident was tragic, the department cannot afford to give the family what they are asking for.
Lesufi said the department tried to persuade the Mpianzi’s to accept its offer, but unfortunately they disagreed.
The family insists the department must give them R20 million as part of the settlement after they initially sued the department for R10 million.
The 13-year-old drowned in the Crocodile River while on a Parktown Boys orientation camp in the North West in January.
“. . . I am still convinced that we can arrive at an acceptable figure, so that we can close this chapter and assist the family to find closure,” Lesufi told the media.
According to reports, an independent forensic investigation found evidence of negligence on the part of the Parktown Boys school officials, who allegedly did not even know Mpianzi was on the trip.
The full Gauteng Education media briefing can be watched here.