Parktown Boys' High parent wants SGB, affected teachers and management charged

As investigations continue into the tragic death of Parktown Boys' High School learner Enoch Mpianzi, a parent from the school has broken her silence on the culture of the institution.

Mpianzi drowned at an orientation camp held at Nyati Bush and River Break while participating in a water activity.

The parent, whose identity has been hidden to protect her children, says the senior management of Parktown Boys' must be held accountable for the death of Mpianzi.

RELATED: Parktown Boys' High pupil: The headmaster emphasised we must not speak to anyone

The senior management team, the SGB chair and his whole board, (the principal) Mr [Malcolm] Williams and the teachers who went to the camp need to be charged for gross child negligence.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

RELATED: Nyati Bush and River Break: There were eight facilitators stationed at the river

The school governing body (SGB) needs to sit down immediately because they did not put the child safety policy in place, teachers that go on these camps are not held accountable and they need to step down with the headmaster immediately.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

The parent says the school had stopped the camps in 2015 but they were revived in 2018.

In 2015, it was one of the most violent camps, trauma bonding was the start of the worst. There was a sexual assault of a 2015 grade 8 student. The evidence shows that the leadership and the senior boys all nearly lost their positions because of the abuse.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

It was not dealt with because the senior boys run the school and they used to manage the babies that come in or the grade 8 students.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

The students do not talk because what happens in Parktown stays in Parktown and the very first three days of the grade 8 camp are very important to shut the boys' mouths. The code of silence is very important.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

While this governing body knows what happens at these camps, they have not adjusted and their child safety policy has not filtered down to their teachers. There is no leadership, there was no child care and now a child has died.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

The parent adds that child protection and development specialist Luke Lamprecht taught the children about toxic masculinity, caring and empathy.

Mr Lamprecht has worked with the senior boys from 2016 and slowly debriefed them and he has made a massive difference.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

The senior management has been the gatekeepers of boys' lives that have been shattered.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

With the Enoch Mpianzi tragedy, there hasn't been any communication to them as parents from the school, adds the parent.

The boys were told several times before they came back from the camp not to tell anybody. If you open your mouth you are victimised and you are removed.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

Parktown Boys' High needs to be dismantled from the roots, [with] new management and new SGB.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

The code of silence needs to be dismantled. Parktown has not told us anything, we hear everything on the radio.

Parktown Boys' High School parent

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