Tebogo Msimanga |
The MEC of Education in the Free State Province, Dr Tate Makgoe sent his condolences to the family of two learners who sadly lost their lives on Wednesday morning, 22 June 2022. A 14-year-old Mamsi Portia Pamplen and 10-year-old Meiki Mokoena from Utopia Farm School, near Bethlehem are siblings.
MEC Makgoe said according to a family member, the two children allegedly consumed brown beans before going to school. On arrival at the school, they complained of abdominal cramps . “They were swiftly taken to the nearby clinic where they were certified dead. The father of the deceased learners also passed on his way to the hospital after he also ate the same beans”.
MEC Makgoe said another sibling of the deceased learners , Lerato Mokoena (11) who consumed the same beans was admitted at Phekolong Hospital .
The Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this dreadful incident.The mother and the aunt of the deceased learners have been arrested and will appear in Bethlehem Magistrate on Friday.