On Wednesday, The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited Kumalo Primary school were the two siblings attended and later visited the family to pay his respect.
The said deceased learners, Sabelo Mbatha 10 and Sanele Mbatha 7 were sibling who fell ill whilst at school.
It is alleged that, Sabelo complained of experiencing stomach cramps and being nauseous. He was taken to Goba clinic, subsequently, Sanele also complained of similar symptoms as the older sibling, and was also rushed to Goba clinic. Both learners were certified dead upon arrival at the clinic.
The third child was rushed to hospital after having similar symptoms.
Sibongile Mbatha, aunt of the two brothers said that the young brother is receiving treatment and is recovering well.
Panyaza announced today that the department of education has appointed an independent team to establish the cause and verify all available statements from the school and the parents.
Lindiwe Masondo, mother of Thembelani Masondo who is friends with Sabelo told tame TIMES that her son has been left devastated following the news of the pass of the Mbatha brothers.
“My son was with Sabelo the morning of the incident. He told me Sabelo had complained about a stomach ache and that he advised him to go home but Sabelo refused and headed to school”
Masondo believes that Sabelo’s life could have been spared but because he was young, he didn’t realise that he was in danger.