EFF vows to get jus­tice


The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Sipho Mabena [email protected]­i­zen.co.za

Grade 8 pupil re­called on ra­dio ‘in graphic de­tail’ how he and oth­ers strug­gled in the wa­ter.

The Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) have vowed to en­sure jus­tice and ac­count­abil­ity for the Park­town Boys’ High School pupil who drowned dur­ing an ori­en­ta­tion camp, with leader Julius Malema avail­ing “best” le­gal minds and sup­port to the fam­ily.

The party leader has said the fam­ily will have un­lim­ited ac­cess to ad­vo­cates Tem­beka Ngcukaitob­i and Lau­rence Hodes at no cost, and of­fered the party’s as­sis­tance with the fu­neral of the 13-year-old Grade 8 pupil, Enock Mpi­anzi.

This comes as a Grade 8 pupil re­called to Ra­dio 702 “in graphic de­tail” how he and oth­ers strug­gled in the wa­ter and how they had screamed for help in vain as there was no adult nearby to hear their cries.

Ac­com­pa­nied by a hand­ful of party lead­ers and sup­port­ers, Malema vis­ited Mpi­anzi’s fam­ily home in Malvern, Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day to pay his respects.

At least six fe­male rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing Mpi­anzi’s mother, sat gloomily on mat­tresses laid out in the fam­ily liv­ing room, with neigh­bours trick­ling in to of­fer their con­do­lences af­ter the ar­rival of the body in Jo­han­nes­burg on Tues­day.

Malema nod­ded and oc­ca­sion­ally shook his head in dis­be­lief as the grand­fa­ther of the de­ceased, Se­bas­tian Kodiemoka, de­tailed the tragic events.

When he got to the part about the dis­cov­ery of his grand­son’s life­less body, he broke down in tears.

He ex­plained that they had been help­ing with the search since Thurs­day but that on Fri­day around 10am the po­lice de­clared the search area a crime scene and cor­doned it off.

“We obeyed … around 11am (on Fri­day), the MEC (Panyaza Le­sufi), who re­mained in the search area, told me that drone cam­eras had picked up some­thing. We waited for them to pull this thing out and it was later con­firmed it was a hu­man body,” Kodiemoka said.

The grand­fa­ther said they were told to gather some courage to iden­tify his grand­son’s body and that he had to hold Mpi­anzi’s hys­ter­i­cal mother, Anto, by the hand so she could iden­tify him.

Malema said he was in a state of panic when he learnt of Mpi­anzi’s drown­ing at the Ny­ati Bush Lodge in Brits, North West, dur­ing a wa­ter ac­tiv­ity that was part of their camp cour­ses.

The EFF leader said as a fa­ther of three boys, one of whom was at a school camp at the time, he got re­ally wor­ried.

Malema said it was un­ac­cept­able that there is no clar­ity why it took so long to no­tice that Mpi­anzi, who went miss­ing in the river mo­ments af­ter their ar­rival at the venue on Wed­nes­day, was miss­ing. –

Pic­ture: Tracy Lee Stark

SUP­PORT­IVE. EFF lead­erJulius Malema yes­ter­day vis­ited the fam­ily of Park­town Boys’ High School pupil Enoch Mpi­anzi at their home in Malvern, Jo­han­nes­burg, to con­vey con­do­lences.

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