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Ferndale High pupil dies after falling from third-floor balcony

At some point during treatment, the pupil succumbed to his wounds.

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A pupil from Ferndale High School, in Randburg, has been confirmed dead after he fell from the building’s third-floor balcony.

Gauteng Education and Youth Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi confirmed the news on Twitter, on Tuesday.

Ferndale High pupil death under investigation

The circumstances surrounding the pupil’s fall from the third-floor balcony are under investigation.

As reported by Citizen, Ferndale High School staff members had attended to the pupil after they were alerted of the incident by his schoolmates.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst revealed that when paramedics arrived at the scene, the Ferndale High pupil was still alive.

“Once stabilised, the patient was transported by ambulance to hospital for further treatment. Circumstances leading up to the fall are not known, however, the school needs to be commended on their quick reaction to the incident,” Herbst said.

However, at some point during treatment, the pupil succumbed to his wounds.

’11 pupils have died since the start of 2020’s school curriculum’ – Lesufi

Lesufi shuddered at the thought of having to inform the pupil’s family of the incident.

“Once more, We must go and face the family and break the news, it’s too much now. Our sincere condolences to the family and friends and learners at Ferndale High,” he tweeted.

Lesufi confirmed that the boy’s death brings the tally of pupil-related fatalities to 11 since the start of the 2020 school curriculum.

In Merafong, a town in West Rand, Gauteng, a matric girl has been charged with the murder of a Grade 8 pupil. Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona released a statement on Monday, stating that the girl allegedly stabbed the Grade 8 pupil.

“Information indicates that there was an argument between the two next to certain houses in the township and subsequently the girl learner stabbed the boy learner who tried to run away. Unfortunately, it was too late,” he noted.

In a statement issued by Lesufi on Monday, the MEC admitted that the rise in pupil deaths was a cause for great concern.

“Indeed, we will not get tired to seek necessary divine intervention and we are hopeful that spiritual leaders will guide us accordingly. Sadly, these two deaths brings us to about 10 deaths reported since we opened schools for the 2020 academic year,” he said.