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Durban: The KZN Education Department sent condolences to the family of a 12-year-old boy who died after the disinfectant he allegedly set on fire burned him down.
Spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said the department had been inundated with calls about the incident that were circulating on social media.
“We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to the biological family and the school family as a whole.
“We can confirm that the incident did not happen at the school. Nonetheless, it was our learner who passed away, and we all call for giving the family a chance to mourn their lost child. All we can do is pray for the family during this time.
Earlier today, police confirmed the learner’s death.
Police spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said: “It is alleged that on June 7 at 5.30 pm, a 12-year-old boy put the disinfectant liquid in a bowl and lit it with matches. which caused flames. The boy was burned and rushed to hospital for medical treatment.
She said the boy died in hospital on Wednesday. A case was opened at Umbilo SAPS where the matter was under investigation.
According to a post circulating on social media, the grade 7 student was practicing what he saw on a TikTok video.
Childline KZN acting director Adeshini Naicker called the child’s death “heartbreaking”.
Naicker also offered advice following allegations that the learner practiced what he saw on TikTok.
Naicker urged parents who allow their children to access TikTok or any form of social network to oversee the content.
“Parents need to be real and transparent about the dos and don’ts.
“Parents should also be encouraged to watch the videos with their children and to verbalize what they feel is appropriate. Children should be able to do the same. This will help parents determine what kind of videos their kids gravitate towards. This allows them to better supervise their children’s online content.
Condolences to the family of the learner who died after allegedly setting the disinfectant on fire
SourceCondolences to the family of the learner who died after allegedly setting the disinfectant on fire