Six-year-old Eastern Cape Grade R pupil crushed to death by grader at school

A grade R pupil died tragically in Fort Beaufort on Tuesday.
A grade R pupil died tragically in Fort Beaufort on Tuesday.
Image: 123RF/Jaromír Chalabala

A Grade R Eastern Cape pupil was crushed to death by a grader on Tuesday.

Azosule Luniko Nonyathi Skoti, 6, died tragically while teachers at St. Josephs Primary School in Fort Beaufort were being tested for Covid-19.

Provincial education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima confirmed the incident.

“Details of the accident are still sketchy, but police were called on the scene by the school,” Mtima said.

“The department has activated psycho-social support team to visit the home today [Thursday] and provide counselling to the family and the affected learners at school as we have communicated with the parent.”

Mtima said education MEC Fundile Gade “learnt with shock” the passing of the pupil.

The department sent its condolences to the grieving family.

“Further investigation is being conducted on the matter to ascertain what led to the incident,” Mtima said.

“MEC Gade has requested the Raymmond Mhlaba local municipality mayor, councillor Bandile Ketelo, to pay the family visit due to tight schedule today, but will also be visiting the family before the funeral day.​"

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