Jun 15, 2021

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Enock Mpianzi: Parktown Boys’ High principal reinstated — what’s next?

The director of Parktown Boys’ High School, Malcolm Williams, will be back to work July 1.

The Education Labor Relations Council (ELRC) ordered the department to remove Williams from age 8. He was released on December 1st, 2020.

Williams was released after the death of Enock Mpianzi. The 13-year-old 8th grade student died during a school orientation camp at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge near Brits.

An investigation by Harris Nupen Molebatsi attorneys in Mpianzi’s death pointed to “negligence and extreme recklessness” on the part of Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge, the school and the teachers who accompanied the students to the camp.

What’s next for the department?

The department for basic education in Gauteng was disappointed with the decision. It said it will seek legal advice on the matter and will examine the decision of the ELRC.

“We are not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the case, but we also know that this matter is in the length has drawn too long, which has a negative effect on all those affected. With this in mind, we will seek advice from the experts in order to find a permanent solution to the matter, ”said Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for Education in Gauteng.

What comes as next for the employers?

TimesLIVE reported that the department was also asked to pay Williams an amount of R285,594 for the six months he had not worked. This must be paid by July 30th.

He will be back to work on July 1st.

What comes as next for those affected? in the department?

The Sunday Times Daily reported that a request from Parktown Boys for the trip has not been received by the district director’s office because the intern who received it was on a temporary basis and put it in a desk drawer.

The newspaper reports that two department officials were suspended for three months each for the intern’s action.

< p> What’s next for the lodge?

Anton Knoetze, the owner of N yati Bush and River Break, told the Sunday Times last year he turned to cabbage-growing, among other things, to help his business survive after Mpianzi’s death.

The lodge is now called Beestekraal Events & Accommodation. He told the newspaper the business stopped doing business with children despite the promotion of school camps on the venue’s new signage.

Knoetze said the renaming was due to Mpianzi’s death and the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is being said?

The decision hit widespread reactions on social media.

Some users claimed Williams should not have been reinstated, while others urged the Education Department, Panyaza Lesufi, to appeal the decision.