Fam­ily smells a rat over boy’s ‘sui­cide’

School ac­cused of hid­ing the truth

Sowetan - - News - By Frank Maponya ■ frankm@sowe­tan.co.za

The fam­ily of a Lim­popo pupil who al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide last week Fri­day has ac­cused the school of con­ceal­ing ev­i­dence re­lat­ing to his death.

Mo­gau Ma­mare­gane, a sixyear-old pupil at Dorothy Langa Pri­mary School in Seshego, al­legedly died on the premises next to the re­cy­cling bins.

The Grade 1 pupil had asked to go the toi­let.

When he did not re­turn to class, an­other pupil was sent to look for him.

The school al­leged that the fel­low pupil found him with his head in­side a re­cy­cling bin.

He was rushed to a lo­cal clinic where he was cer­ti­fied dead.

The boy’s mother, Rosina Ma­mare­gane, told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day that her son “had bruises on his neck which in­di­cated that a rope had been used to stran­gle him”.

She added he also had a swollen cheek and bub­bles were com­ing out of his mouth. He had also vom­ited, she said.

“I want an­swers to what caused my son’s death,” said the 34-year-old mother.

With tears rolling down her face, the griev­ing mother said she had re­ceived a call from the school prin­ci­pal sum­mon­ing her to the lo­cal clinic where he had taken her son.

“There is a first-aid kit at ev­ery school. Why they did not use it on him while sum­mon­ing paramedics?” she asked.

“The prin­ci­pal told me to ac­cept what the nurses told me. I smell a rat.”

“As a fam­ily we be­lieve he was stran­gled and suf­fo­cated in­side a re­cy­cling bin on the school premises, as ev­i­denced by foot­prints we found next to where his body was found,” Ma­mare­gane said.

The mother said when she went to fetch the post­mortem re­port, she was told it would only be given to the po­lice.

“I guess there is more to this than meets the eye. The truth must come out,” she said.

Her sis­ter, Lek­wetse Nch­a­be­leng, said they were still trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent.

“I raised the boy as my own. It is im­pos­si­ble that he could have com­mit­ted sui­cide,” said Nch­a­be­leng who was sup­ported by her 75-year-old grand­fa­ther, Bernard Mam­abolo who urged po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

Lieu­tenant-Colonel Moat­she Ngoepe said the cir­cum­stances be­hind the in­ci­dent were un­known and that in­ves­ti­ga­tions would re­veal the cause of death.

“We ad­vise mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing teach­ers, to put the safety of chil­dren first on the ba­sis that their move­ments and where­abouts must be mon­i­tored at all times to pre­vent th­ese type of in­ci­dents,” Ngoepe said.

Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment spokesman, Naledzani Rasila, said they were work­ing with po­lice and the fam­ily to un­cover the truth.

He said they had also pro­vided coun­selling to pupils and teach­ers at the school.

There is more to this than meets the eye Rosina Ma­mare­gane MOTHER

/PHOTO/ FAM­ILY AL­BUM

Six-year-old Grade 1 pupil Mo­gau Ma­mare­gane al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide on school premises last week Fri­day.

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