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MEC Mvoko saddened by drowning of learners in Mt Frere and Flagstaff

Apr 25, 2019
MEC Mvoko saddened by drowning of learners in Mt Frere and Flagstaff

Three learners drowned in seperate incdents in Eastern Cape on Wednesday

Flagstaff -  Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mlungisi Mvoko, on Thursday said that he has learnt with shock, the news of the passing on of three learners, two from Bukazi Village, in Flagstaff, and one from Elubacweni Village, in Mt Frere, following a drowning incident on Wednesday.

"The two learners, from the OR Tambo Coastal District, are believed to have left their homes after school and went to a nearby dam for a swim, but drowned due to heavy water current," the Department of Education said.

"However, later their bodies were recovered by police divers, who were called onto the scene following the incident."

It said that the two thirteen-year-old Grade Six male learners are Yanga Solubambo and Azela Mngcilo, who were studying at Kwa Guqa.

The two drowned while swimming in a dam at Bukazi Village.

Meanwhile, an 11-year-old girl, Asiphe Buso, from the Mzamo Primary School, in the Alfred Nzo West District, was trying to cross a bridge over a fast-flowing river near Elubhacweni Village, at Mount Frere, when she drowned.

The Eastern Cape Department of Education is providing support to the families of the children.

In March, six Mt Fletcher learners drowned coming from school

The news comes after the drowning of six learners in Mt Fetcher just last month.

Six children, aged between 6 and 8 years old, were reportedly swept away whilst crossing the Freyistata River on their way home after school.

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