A grade eight Parktown Boys' High pupil has gone missing while on a school orientation camp at a lodge in Brits, the school shared a missing poster on its Facebook page.
Enock Mpianzi was last seen during a water activity in a nearby river with his peers on Wednesday.
Rescue teams are on a search for the missing boy.
Eusebius McKaiser and callers weigh in on this developing story.
I just feel very deeply for the family and the school community for the anxious wait as this search continues. More than anything else you have to feel for that family who is waiting for news about their missing boy.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
He says he also feels for the school community as many of these pupils in Grade eight might not know each other and the whole point of orientation camps is to build relationships for the pupils.
Meghan, a caller, says her daughter went on a leadership camp last year and did a white river rafting activity.
She found herself going along the rapids in a different direction to the rest of the pupils and she screamed until teachers came to assist her. It could have ended very badly for her. My heart goes out to the parents of this missing boy. I want to say to these teambuilding places needed to look at the safety and security for the kids.— Meghan, Caller
Mike says he feels a sense of loss and disappointment for the parents.
The problem that I have is the fact that they only discovered that the boy was missing 24 hours after he actually went missing is terrible and there is no excuse for that. Regardless of what turns out, that shouldn't have happened and somebody was not doing their job.— Mike, Caller
Hilary called in and says she is devastated for what the family is going through.
I am sadly informed that during the Parktown Boys Grade 8 Orientation Camp in Mpumalanga, one learner couldn’t be accounted for after a water activity. Police Search and Rescue are on site in the area of the river where a water activity was held. I will also join the search— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 16, 2020
UPDATE 2: #ParktownBoysCamp . I met with the family of the missing child on site and they granted us permission to release his photo. The rescue team has resumed their search. The boys will arrive back at school around 11am. All sporting activities are suspended. pic.twitter.com/DoRi1vxaFA— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 17, 2020
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