MEC Fundile Gade of the Eastern Cape Department of Education paid a visit to Nkangala Secondary Primary School in Port St Johns earlier today, after learning that 77 LEARNERS were allegedly poisoned by fruit given to them without the consent of their parents or the school principal.
This follows reports that learners from Nkangala SPS were given fruit by a passer-by driving a vehicle with a Durban registration number, and after eating the fruit, they began feeling sick.
“We can confirm that our department has not authorized any individual to dispatch food to our schools, except those who have been legally contracted by the department through our national school nutrition program,” the Eastern Cape Department of Education states.
Following MEC Gade’s meeting with the parents of the affected students at the school, the MEC Spokesperson Vuyiseka Mboxela stated that the situation was much calmer and that the students were seated in their classrooms.
“There are no learners who have been reported to be in hospital,” she explained, “and the parents themselves understand that the incident occurred without the authority of teachers, and without their authority as parents.”
Furthermore, the department stated that their District Director has been directed to investigate and monitor the situation in collaboration with the affected families, school principal, and SGB (School Governing Body).
Vuyiseka Mboxela confirmed that the police were also in school doing their own work and that the MEC will be briefed and given the report when the time is right.