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Allegations Surface: Learners Who Drowned at Camp Were Allegedly Abused



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Allegations of abuse have surfaced following the tragic drowning of two learners, Siphamandla Peterson (15) and Sibusiso Sibiya (17), during a discipline camp at Rock Falls Adventure Ranch in Centurion on Monday, 15 April 2024. The boys, who attended the Daveyton Skills School, were allegedly mistreated at the camp, which the Rising Stars Generation NGO organised.

According to Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Education, the families of the deceased learners have accused the camp of physical assault and mistreatment. Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane visited the school and the families to address the allegations and concerns.

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The Gauteng Department of Education has appointed an independent investigative law firm to probe the circumstances surrounding the deaths and allegations of abuse. MEC Chiloane expressed disappointment at some schools’ lack of preventive measures during excursions and vowed disciplinary action against negligence contributing to such incidents.

Prince Motlou, the camp’s founder, declined to comment on the allegations but emphasised the camp’s youth development and discipline mission. Videos from the camps depict learners undergoing training akin to military drills. The Rising Stars Generation charges R1500 for a five-day camp or R3000 for ten days, covering food, accommodation, camping equipment, and discipline logistics.


Source: Learners who drowned at discipline camp were allegedly abused

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