‘Gogo’ hawker poi­sons over 75 pupils

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MBOMBELA — More than 75 pupils from the Sindza­wonye Pri­mary School in Pien­aar, near Nel­spruit, were rushed to hos­pi­tal after they were al­legedly poi­soned this week.

“The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Tues­day, and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are cur­rently un­der­way to get to the root cause,” spokesper­son for the pro­vin­cial depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion Jasper Zwane said.

An el­derly lady sell­ing ice lol­lies at the school has come un­der sus­pi­cion.

The woman, who usu­ally sells her ice lol­lies at R1 a piece, low­ered the price to 50 cents.

Re­ports say after learn­ers bought her ice lol­lies they vom­ited and were quickly rushed to hos­pi­tal.

“The ac­cused gogo . . . said she was falsely ac­cused. She men­tioned that she didn’t sell more than 10 ice lol­lies that day so there was no way it could have been her ice that caused the pupils to vomit,” Zwane said.

Par­ents were up in arms and said the woman needed to be chased away.

“The lady should be kicked out of the school premises as a hawker. This time our kids might have got­ten off lightly by a mere vomit but what might hap­pen next time if the school board de­cides to keep her,” said one par­ent who re­fused to give her name.

How­ever, Zwane warned against pre­judg­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

“We must shy away from mak­ing un­founded con­clu­sions and a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be car­ried [out] to find out what caused the vom­it­ing. After that the school will make a de­ci­sion. The ma­jor­ity of the pupils were dis­charged and none have been ad­mit­ted.”

He said the cause had not been proven. “The cause might not be the ice lol­lies but some­thing else they have eaten dur­ing the day,” Zwane said. — AFP

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