Social media was abuzz after video captured by a Sowetan staffer showed the mother of the deceased Parktown Boys High School learner Enoch Mpianzi being assisted to jump over the fence at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge near Brits in North West.
Mpianzi drowned while taking part in a Parktown Boys High School Grade 8 orientation camp last week.
He went missing on Wednesday when a raft he was on overturned in the Crocodile River. His body was discovered on Friday.
Jones said the SAHRC stepped in to assist the boy’s family, pointing out that there were many unanswered questions about the circumstances of the boy’s death.
“We view this as an obstruction of the work of the SAHRC. It demonstrates an uncaring attitude on the part of Nyati Bush,” Jones said upon being denied entry to the premises.
He added that the commission was permitted to enter any premises and perform its functions in terms of Section 16 of the Commissions Act.
Jones emphasised that the lodge remained a crime scene until the police finalised its investigation and that they hoped the lodge would assist with the investigation.
The commission raised concerns after it discovered that it was not the first time a pupil had died at the lodge. It intended to bring this to the attention of the tourism department.
“Ten years ago there was a learner who also perished here. This is something that concerns us. We will also bring the conduct of Nyati Bush to the Department of Tourism because they are accredited.”
The police were expected to assist the commission with the inspection.
Jones said the owner’s behaviour suggested that the lodge was hiding information and that a subpoena would be issued if necessary.
“The gate is locked as you can see. It is really disheartening and it is something we really condemn in the strongest terms.”
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