The body of a 13-year-old boy from Parktown Boys High School in Johannesburg who went missing during an orientation camp at a lodge near Brits on Wednesday, was found in the Crocodile River on Friday morning.
Enock Mpianzi was one of a group of Grade 8 boys who attended the camp at a lodge in the Beestekraal/Assen area near Brits. The group arrived on Wednesday, 15 January, and according to a media statement from the school, it was only discovered on Thursday morning that the boy was missing. The police were only alerted on Thursday afternoon 15:00.
“It seems he was last seen on Wednesday when the boys were busy with water activities on the Crocodile River during which a self-made float overturned,” said police spokesperson, Col Adele Myburgh. “The police were contacted on Thursday afternoon and were on the scene soon after. Police divers, the K9 unit and members of the police search and rescue unit have been searching the river and surrounding areas since Thursday afternoon.”
The MEC for education, Pnayaza Lesufi broke the tragic news on Twitter shortly before 11:00 on Friday. “The body of the missing learner has been found by the police. The family of Enock Mpianzi was fully briefed and we are all devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family and the school community,” the MEC said.