Crime & Accidents News
19 March 2022

Swartruggens – The North West Department of Education is deeply concerned by the death of a 36-year-old Mazista Primary School administration clerk and a 9-year-old learner.    

The two died on Friday 4 March from an alleged food poisoning incident in Swartruggens. Another learner, a 16-year-old brother to the 9-year-old was admitted to Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg after eating the same food that was consumed by the other two victims.   

North West Department of Education spokesperson Elias Malindi told Platinum Weekly that the alleged food poisoning incident occurred at the home of the administration clerk. “This incident occurred outside the school, after hours,” Malindi confirmed.  

“In instances such as this one, the police will take samples of the food and conduct their investigations. We gave them our full cooperation,” he added.  

The deaths sparked an outrage from Mazista community members who blocked the entrance to the school. The community, who refused to allow educators and staff members access into or outside the school, eventually dispersed after police intervened and restored calm.     

Police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said inquests into the death of the two are underway.


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