Sphamandla Peterson and Sibusiso SibiyaTwo learners who drowned at disciplinary camp laid to rest-Image Source@X

The two learners who lost their lives after they drowned at an unauthorized school camp have been laid to rest in Tembisa.

On a solemn day in Tembisa, mourners gathered to bid farewell to Siphamandla Peterson (15) and Sibusiso Sibiya (17), two promising learners from Daveyton Skills School. They tragically lost their lives during an unauthorized school camp at Rock Falls Adventure Ranch in Centurion.

Heartfelt Farewells from Families and other learners

Family members, fellow students, and friends struggled to contain their grief as they paid their last respects. Remembered as humble and devoted youths, both Siphamandla and Sibusiso often found solace in their faith.

“We are so hurt by the way things happened at school… justice must be served for these children.” – Nomusa Mathebula, Siphamanda’s grandmother

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Fellow Learners mourn Sphamandla Peterson and Sibusiso Sibiya-Image Source@X

“My sister is in a terrible condition. I think my sister will need help after this burial.” – Siyabonga Sibiya, Sibusiso’s uncle

Call for Accountability

The grieving families demand accountability for the untimely deaths of their beloved children. They seek answers and assurance that those responsible will face consequences. This stems from the fact that the camp was not authorized, and parents did not sign off on it,

There are also claims from other students that there was no supervision at the camp and it was done as some sought of punishment. Learners are said to be put under disciplining activities at the camp that are hard and painful.

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Educational System Under Scrutiny

Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane has initiated an investigation into the incident, highlighting the absence of a “discipline camp” within the educational system. He emphasizes the role of schools in educating, not disciplining, students.

“We have already served one educator with a letter… we don’t want to come as victimizing one of the individuals within the department.” – Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane.

The department pledges to review and reinforce safety protocols to safeguard learners in the future.

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