It was the child, Masunwabe Mabulisa Missing on Friday, May 12, and was not found until three days later, on Monday, when the caretaker of JA Ncaca Elementary School opened the classroom.
MEC for Community Safety in the Eastern Cape, Xolile Nqatha, He said the investigation into Mabulisa’s disappearance concluded that it was an accident and that “there was no foul play”.
After spending the weekend in a closed classroom in Lingelihle, Cradock, Mapolisa had to be flown to Dora Nginza Hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay for treatment. When it was found, it was covered in paint.
The classroom he was trapped in is not part of the main school complex.
Nuqata said that teachers at the school were questioned and “made statements about the fact that the child left the school with transportation.”
“No one was able to find out the whereabouts of the child and only on Monday, May 15, the child was found in the classroom. Then the child was taken for medical examination and no wrongdoing was discovered. The result was that the child was accidentally locked in the classroom,” Nuqata told the legislature .
While Naqatha said the police found no foul play, he said investigations are ongoing and that once this is completed, the National Prosecuting Authority will have to decide whether further steps are required.
The Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) for Social Development, Bukoye Fanta, said the Department of Education had not contacted them to advise the boy.
Despite weeks of phone calls and countless messages from… Daily MaverickThe Eastern Cape Department of Education has ignored all requests to update its internal investigation.
The boy’s family said Monday that they would contact the Craddock offices of the Department of Education on Wednesday to find out what was going on in the investigation.
A relative of Mabulisa, Sandiswa Mwagare, said they He wanted clarity on the fulfillment of the section.
“So far, we don’t know anything,” she said. DM