Batlile Phaladi
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5 Nov 2014
2:05 pm

One dead, 150 in hospital after school food contaminated

Batlile Phaladi

One student died after 150 pupils in Limpopo were hospitalised after eating food contaminated by pieces of glass.

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The learners, from Kwena Tshwena Primary school in Ridgefontein, were rushed to hospitals and local clinics by taxis and emergency vehicles after complaining of vomiting and stomach cramps.

The Basic Education Department’s communications director, Elijah Mhlanga, said the department had sent a team to Limpopo to investigate the incident and compile a report on suppliers providing food to the school.

“In the next day or two we’ll be making an announcement. The indication is that we will terminate contracts with suppliers,” Mhlanga said.

It is alleged that crushed bottles found in the food was caused by one of the suppliers fighting over tenders.

The DA provincial leader in the province, Jacques Smalle, said despite the allegations, he believed the department had just been extremely negligent.

“We laid criminal charges against the department and we will be monitoring the case very closely so that the department can be held accountable,” Smalle said.

“It is clear that their negligence is putting the lives of these young people in danger.”