Suspected food poisoning kills three pupils


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JOHANNESBURG - An inquest docket has been opened following the death of three primary school pupils due to suspected food poisoning in Winterveldt, Pretoria.

The trio, from Emma Primary School, was certified dead on Thursday after eating cakes and juice from home.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said the three girls were given food by one of the kids’ grandmother. The woman has been instructed to handover the remaining cakes for testing.

“While we are waiting for postmortem results the remaining cakes will be sent for testing to check if they might be the cause of this tragic incident. Food served at the school has been checked as a precaution measure and there was no suspected danger,” said Sekhonyane.

Two of the deceased were in grade two and the other girl was in grade one.

They were admitted at a local clinic after complaining of stomach aches and vomiting.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lefusi will visit the school on Friday and will also meet with the families of the deceased.

- eNCA

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