SOME parents rushed to fetch their children from school after a security guard was found dead on the premises.
This incident happened at Leiden Primary School in Delft, Cape Town, on Wednesday morning, 11 August.
The body of the 63-year-old was found inside the school kitchen.
Speaking to the SunTeam, a parent said: “There was a message circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook alleging that the guard had died of Covid-19. That is why I had to fetch my child.”
Western Cape education spokeswoman, Bronagh Hammond, confirmed the incident.
“The body of a security guard was found outside the school’s feeding kitchen. The school immediately contacted SAPS and the paramedics. They confirmed that the 63-year-old employee had indeed passed away, allegedly of natural causes. It has been confirmed that there are no signs of violence or assault,” said Hammond.
She said cops were called and the body was collected but the school activities continued.
“The body was removed and teaching and learning continued. Learners and staff had been kept away from the scene, and counselling support has been provided. The school didn’t close and it did not send out a notice to collect children. However, a fake social media post was posted which has caused some parents to collect their children from school,” said Hammond.
Police spokesman, Colonel Andre Traut said they were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the madala.
“Kindly be advised that an inquest docket was registered after the body of an adult male was discovered at a Delft primary on Wednesday. The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated and no crime is suspected,” he said.