The legal representative of Nyati Bush and River Break where 13-year-old Parktown High learner Enoch Mpianzi drowned say they advised the school not to partake in activities when they arrived on Wednesday.
In a statement, legal representative Daniel Eloff says the learners were accompanied by their Headmaster, seven staff members of the Parktown Boys’ High School, and a number of Grade 12 prefects.
Mpianzi drowned at an orientation camp at the Crocodile River while participating in a water activity.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela, Eloff says the school bus arrived more than three hours late.
Statement by the Nyati Bush and River Break: pic.twitter.com/2TGoK2NDkB— Daniël Eloff (@DJEloff) January 22, 2020
The school arrived about three hours late and the staff at Nyati Bush and River Break advised the school that they shouldn't do any activities on that day considering they arrived late and they still need to do introductions.— Daniel Eloff, Legal representative - Nyati Bush and River Break
Eloff says the stretcher run was suggested and it is a land-based activity.
The school staff said is it not possible to have the stretcher run part of it running through a shallow end of a bend of the river. The activity was not a water-based activity, they were running through the shallow bend and that is where the tragic accident likely took place.— Daniel Eloff, Legal representative - Nyati Bush and River Break
He adds that his clients do have life vests but did not give the learners as they were not participating in water activity.
A few days after the incident we don't have clarity on exactly what happed and why it happened.— Daniel Eloff, Legal representative - Nyati Bush and River Break
Lizo, a grade 8 pupil from Parktown Boys' School who was at the camp, said they screamed for help when Enoch was being swept away by the water.
However, Eloff says there were facilitators at the river.
There were eight facilitators stationed at the river and they jumped into the river when they saw there was a commotion and kids were struggling.— Daniel Eloff, Legal representative - Nyati Bush and River Break
Listen to the full interview below...