Bloemhof learner dies after ‘food poisoning’

MEC for  Education and Sport Development department, Sello Lehari said they are saddened by the untimely death of Tshegofatso Witkooi (15) at Thuto Lore Secondary School in Bloemhof on Monday.

Witkooi passed away upon arrival at Boitumelong clinic where she was rushed to after constant vomiting after school lunch break.   

Lehari said the cause of death is not yet known and the department is waiting for autopsy results from the forensic pathology.

“We want convey our message of condolences to the family. We have also arranged counselling for Tshegofatso’s family, learners and teachers at the school. 

“The department is also aware of the unfounded allegations by the Progressive Student Movement (PSM) that the learner died as a result of food poison at the school,” he said.
Lehari wishes to inform the public that the cause of death is not yet known to the Witkooi family or the department and wishes the PSM or any member of the public to give the family the descent grieving period it deserves. 

“A memorial service for Witkooi will be held next week at a date that will soon be communicated while the funeral will be on Saturday, 25 March 2017,”Lehari said.


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