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Mpumalanga pupil dies after being bitten by snake at school while preparing for matric exams

An 18-year-old Grade 12 learner “tragically” died after being bitten by a venomous snake while preparing for examinations at Mawewe Secondary School in a village in the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.

The Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Education said it is “deeply saddened” by the learner’s death, following the incident that happened on Monday night.

The school is situated in the Matsavana Circuit in Dumphries village.

“The incident occurred at the school during a Grade 12 camp organized as part of improving the preparation of learners for the 2023 National Senior Certificate Examination,” spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Department of Education, Jasper Zwane, narrated.

The species of snake, and the circumstances that led to the schoolgirl being bitten are not known at this stage.

“The MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba, received the news with shock and extends his heartfelt condolences to the learner’s family, school, and teachers during this difficult time.”

Majuba is set to visit the school and the bereaved family on Thursday afternoon.

The department said learners at the school are receiving counselling.

“May the soul of the departed (learner) rest in peace,” the provincial authorities said.

With hot weather and rain experienced in several parts of the country, experts have warned that chances of bumping into a snake have increased, but people should not panic.


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