Three siblings died this morning and one is in a critical condition in hospital after consuming energy drinks allegedly given to them by their father.
The boys are aged 6, 13, and 16 and were all learners at Ratanda Primary and Khanya Lesedi Secondary Schools in Ratanda.
SIBLINGS COMPLAIN OF STOMACH PAINS
According to Gauteng education spokesperson Steve Mabona preliminary reports allege that the father of the three deceased gave all his five children energy drinks in the morning while they were preparing for school.
“Four of the said learners consumed the energy drinks after arriving at school on Thursday, 26 May 2022,”said Mabona.
He said sadly, two of the said learners died shortly at the school after complaining of stomach pains. One of the siblings was rushed to the nearest hospital but died on the way.
The fourth sibling is in a critical condition in hospital. Fortunately, the fifth sibling did not consume the energy drink.
EDUCATION MEC DEVASTATED BY THE TRAGIC DEATHS
Gauteng’s Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, has expressed his devastation over the tragic deaths of three boy siblings.
“Firstly, I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, particularly the mother, of the deceased learners. I further extend my condolences to friends, fellow learners and teachers of the learners, especially those who had witnessed these tragic incidents,”said Lesufi.
Lesufi will visit both schools and siblings’ family tomorrow, 27 May 2022, starting at Ratanda Primary School at 10:00.
Mabona further said it is not known what led to the deaths. He said law enforcement agencies are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Furthermore, the Gauteng Department of Education has dispatched its Psycho-Social Support Unit to the affected schools to offer counselling to the school community at large.
He added that the services have also been offered to the bereaved family.