KZN education authorities deny allegations that schoolchildren were fed rotten food

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By Zodidi Dano 36 min ago

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KwaZulu-Natal education authorities have refuted claims that two children who ate National School Nutrition Program (NSNP) meals at Ziphembeleni Secondary School in Inanda, northwest of Durban, fell ill because of the alleged rotten food.

A screenshot posted by SA Education Union President Scelo Bhengu on Twitter, where he identifies KZN Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, shows a WhatsApp chat where an unknown person complains about sick students after having ate the suspected rotten food.

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The person in the chat says that a grade 12 student who ate samp in school on Wednesday was sick. The student complained of stomach cramps.

“Actually, there are two students who are having stomach cramps, they are with me now as we speak. Even now they are frantic.

“These children are laughing at the fire, they claim to have been fed with garbage”, read the texts of WhatsApp.

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On Wednesday, the KwaZulu Natal MEC Kwazi Mshengu office confirmed that it had ordered the NSNP to investigate allegations of the distribution of rotten food at the school.

It was after the department received a video showing a 5kg pack with dark spots all around.

At the time, department spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said there were no reports of children or staff sick because of the food.

Mahlambi said Thursday that the director of school nutrition and the qualified dietitian attended the school.

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“They interviewed all the structures of the school, including, among others, the site committee representing the educators, the RCL representing the learners and the school nutrition committee. There is no problem for learners who eat rotten food.

“The learners ate today in the presence of these two officials and there was no problem. A full report will be drawn up and presented to the department head. We are following the motive to deceive on this issue, ”said Mahlambi.

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