The Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School in Mfuleni. Picture: Facebook
The Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School in Mfuleni. Picture: Facebook

Mfuleni school closes after 'pupil, parent test positive for coronavirus'

By Staff Writer Time of article published Mar 16, 2020

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Cape Town – The Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School in Mfuleni has advised parents to not send their children to school as from this morning.

This after a Mfuleni resident, employed as a domestic worker, had been in close contact with her employer, who tested positive for the coronavirus following a recent trip to Germany.

Manzomthombo Secondary School in Mfuleni and Mandalay Primary, near Mitchells Plain, the schools the woman’s children attend, were closed yesterday to avoid possible transmission.

The mother, who did not want to be named, told the Cape Times her employer’s children also tested positive. 

The school sent a letter (see below) to the parents on Monday for their children to not return to school until further notice. 

Manzomthombo Secondary School principal John Matiso said as soon as he was told about the contact, he let the pupils go home. 

“I gave the children letters to give to their parents explaining the circumstances,” he said.

The Tyrannus Apostolic Church had sent out a WhatsApp message saying: "Coronavirus has reached Mfuleni community mom. Just received a message from principal saying that Manzomthombo parent was diagnosed with corona today.

"She has been hospitalised and one of the students has been hospitalised and diagnosed with corona today."

On Facebook, Bongani Mentashe, said in a post, which included the Sanco Steve Tshwete Mfuleni branch, today: "Mfuleni community please let us not panic about this.

"Let us just follow all the advises (sic) and be very careful. Yours in Leadership. God bless the community of Mfuleni and everyone else."

The school warned parents in their letter to look out for symptoms such as a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and sluggishness.

Meanwhile, Welgemoed Primary in the northern suburbs informed parents on Monday morning to fetch their children from school as a precautionary measure. 

This after a Grade 5 pupil's parents informed the school that a colleague had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Western Cape Education spokesperson Bronagh Hammond told the Cape Times: "We are informed that three schools have allegedly informed parents that their schools are already closed. 

"We want to state that no principal or SGB has the authority to close a school. This authority is legally vested in the head of education in the province.   

"Schools that have done so have acted illegally and we request that they refrain from such actions. We are going to be challenged over time and need decisions taken on factual evidence. 

"Only learners and teachers who have been in direct contact with confirmed cases or family returning from trips abroad should be encouraged to stay at home in self-quarantine for up to 14 days."

Cape Times

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