Parktown Boys pupil goes missing during Grade 8 orientation camp
Johannesburg - A Parktown Boys' High School pupil went missing during a Grade 8 orientation camp held at a lodge in the North West Province.
The school in a statement said it realised that the Grade 8 pupil was missing on Thursday morning.
"Police Search and Rescue are on site and are already at work in the area of the river where a water activity was held after the boy’s arrival. The parents of the missing boy are at the venue."
The search for the boy is continuing and a missing person's report has been filed with police.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this traumatic time," the school said.
Meanwhile the Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi tweeted on Thursday night that he would join in the search for the missing boy.
I am sadly informed that during the Parktown Boys Grade 8 Orientation Camp in Mpumalanga, one learner couldn’t be accounted for after a water activity. Police Search and Rescue are on site in the area of the river where a water activity was held. I will also join the search— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 16, 2020
He added that the orientation camp has been cancelled and that the rest of the pupils would be taken back home after breakfast.
UPDATE #ParktownBoysCamp— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 17, 2020
Rescue teams suspended the search last night. They will resume with the search this morning. Jointly with the school we’ve agreed to cancel the camp. The boys will have their breakfast this morning and thereafter be taken back home. We remain hopeful 🙏🏽 https://t.co/AHuCYogfTO
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