ANC Eastern Cape wants swift action on outbreak of foodborne diseases at schools

NOVEMBER 11, 2016

The Office of the Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature on Friday expressed its "deep concern" on the recent outbreak of food-borne illnesses in several schools in the Amathole and Buffalo City Metropolitan regions.

"The ANC Caucus was pleased to learn of the establishment of the multi-disciplinary team which is to investigate the magnitude of the problem, identify the source of infection and to prevent the spread of such cases," said ANC Chief Whip in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Honourable Mzoleli Mrara..

"We hereby call for a speedy conclusion of the investigation’s final report and further maintain that as this is a matter of public interest, the report should be made public. Those, who have made any transgressions towards negligence, must be brought to book and if needs be, criminal charges must be instituted."

Mrara said that the learners from schools in King William’s Town and neighbouring areas, who had ingested food, which later made them ill, deserve swift justice.

"All efforts should be made to secure learners, parents and guardians that all endeavours will be made to ensure that such an unfortunate incident never happens again," he said.

"As a caring organisation, the ANC holds the safety of leaners in high regard. We therefore wish to encourage parents and guardians of learners to take an active interest in the academic and recreational activities of learners in the schools in our communities."