The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane to immediately appoint an independent team to establish the cause into the alleged food poisoning which has resulted to the death of Masakhane High School learner, Mxolisi Mzulwini (20) at Umbumbulu, South of Durban.
This matter deserves urgent investigation into the root causes of suspected food poisoning which saw many pupils at a matric camp in Adams College fall ill.
As the IFP we are extremely concerned that some catering companies are looking for easy money instead of providing quality food, and there is very little scope of making money without compromising the quality and quantity. Schools are important settings to promote lifelong healthful habits.
The rising incidents of food poisoning in schools are very alarming. Hence, school authorities are urged to revisit their policies on the handling of food and take action to prevent food poisoning. The Department of Education must raise awareness on food safety and implement activities like safety education campaign.
Food poisoning is very dangerous in adults but especially in children; they dehydrate extremely quickly and this could be life threatening. We urge people that if they show any of these signs, they must go to the nearest doctor, hospital or clinic for treatment.
As the IFP we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Mzulwini family, Masakhane learners and teachers and wish them peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa MPL,
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Education,
079 114 3015 / 071 884 3844
Date: 10 October 2018