Suspected mass food poisoning incidents at two Tshwane schools

Suspected mass food poisoning incidents at two Tshwane schools

The Gauteng Education Department has confirmed that 60 pupils from the Tloltompho and Reimolotswe primary schools reported feeling sick after eating snacks on Thursday.


According to the department’s Steve Mabona, about 22 pupils from Tlotlompho Primary School in Garankuwa were rushed to a local medical facility after falling sick at school in the morning.

However, only four pupils were transferred to the hospital for treatment.

“According to information at our disposal, the affected learners started complicating after eating snacks allegedly bought from a street vendor. The said learners experienced vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, and shortness of breath,” Mabona confirmed.

“Meanwhile, some were released to parental care after medical attention, and those referred to the hospital were also discharged.”

At the same, in a separate incident, over 40 pupils from Reimolotswe Primary School in Winterveldt were rushed to a local medical facility after consuming a type of snack called "dibombolina”; which they allegedly bought from different hawkers around the school.

“Only three were attended at a local facility and discharged. Meanwhile, about 37 were transferred and treated at the Hospital after experiencing symptoms associated with diarrhoea, vomiting, and headache, and they were later discharged. Fortunately, all were discharged, and only one was admitted,” Mabona said.

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Police are investigating while health authorities conducted the necessary medical tests.

The reports come as bail judgment is expected on Friday in the case of three men charged with several counts of attempted murder after they were linked to the alleged sale of muffins laced with dagga to pupils at the Pulamadibogo Primary School in Soshanguve.


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