No life jackets found at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak where Enoch drowned - police

The South African Human Rights Commission will be visiting the site where 13-year-old Enoch Mpianzi drowned in the North West.

The teenager's family has accepted legal assistance from the commission to help them find out what happened.

Mpianzi drowned at an orientation camp organise by his school Parktown Boys' High last week at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak.

Meanwhile, some parents are holding a picket outside the school in demand for answers.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to the North West police spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh about their investigations so far.

Myburgh says they received a call about a missing person on Thursday afternoon.

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The police were informed on Thursday the 16th and it was about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and we immediately activated our search team consisting of our police divers and the K9 unit.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

When they called they reported that there is a missing child/person.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

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Myburgh says when they arrived at the lodge they conducted their own inquiry to find out where Enoch was last seen.

The information we gathered was that these kids were participating in a water activity and it is suspected that that is where Enoch disappeared under the water.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

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The person on the scene determined that this boy was last seen by somebody the previous day (Wednesday) at around about 3 o'clock.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

She states that some of the kids were interviewed in the presence of Parktown Boys' High principal.

The principal was the legal guardian at the scene. We were working against time and a child was missing so we needed to gather information asap.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

Myburgh says an inquest has been opened to determine the cause of death.

The initial autopsy has been conducted this morning.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

According to the information I got from the people on the scene is that there were no life jackets.

Colonel Adéle Myburgh, Police spokesperson - North West

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