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‘Zwelitsha pupil Avethandwa Nokhangela could not swim, there were no lifeguards’

Equal Education says an investigation is under way as they head to the Eastern Cape this weekend to interview witnesses.

The body of a 15-year-old girl who drowned while swimming with her classmates while camping in East London was found last month.

Avethandwa Nokhangela, a 10th-grade student at Xolani High School in Zwelitsha, was at a campsite organized by the NGO Equal Education when it was found that she had been taken to sea by a strong current.

Avethandva’s aunt, Zanele Goda, says that when they heard about what happened, they wanted to know what led to the accident and why there were no lifeguards when her niece went swimming.

First, we were informed that the weather was bad that day. Second, there were no lifeguards. The person who was on the ground told us that he was not a savior and that the current was too strong and dangerous to enter.

Zanele Goda, the aunt of Avethandva

She didn’t know how to swim, and we somehow felt that maybe if there were lifeguards, something would be done.

Zanele Goda, the aunt of Avethandva

We are sad, devastated and traumatized by this. Avethandwa was a lively, loving, devoted, helpful and intelligent young lady who had a bright future ahead of her.

Zanele Goda, the aunt of Avethandva

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Equal Education Secretary-General Nonsedo Madoubedoube expressed his deepest condolences to the Nocangela family and that they were investigating what happened on the day of the incident.

Avethandva has been part of the steering committee of equal education since the beginning of this year, she was democratically nominated by her peers at school.

Noncedo Madubedube, Secretary-General – Equal Education

We all suffer from this experience and keep the family dear in our hearts and prayers as we move through the next few months.

Noncedo Madubedube, Secretary-General – Equal Education

We, as Equal Education, investigate what happened during the day, and since this process would be crucial to help all of us, including the Nokangela family, understand what happened, we plan to move forward by formulating our own responsibility. as part of the incident. Given this, we cannot share anything on this case so far.

Noncedo Madubedube, Secretary-General – Equal Education

Madubedube says they will start with a preliminary fact-finding study and once it is over, they will pass it on to an independent reviewer.

Equal Education is currently finalizing its capacity for independent review.

Noncedo Madubedube, Secretary-General – Equal Education

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