Nyati lodge denies it refused SAHRC access to place where Parktown Boys' pupil died

The parents of Enoch Mpianzi climb over the locked gates of Nyati Bush and Riverbreak lodge with a delegation from the SAHRC on Tuesday.
The parents of Enoch Mpianzi climb over the locked gates of Nyati Bush and Riverbreak lodge with a delegation from the SAHRC on Tuesday.
Image: Sunday Times/Sebabatso Mosamo

Nyati Bush and Riverbreak Lodge in Brits, North West, has, through its lawyer, denied that it refused access to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Tuesday.

Led by the commission's acting head of legal services, Buang Jones, the mother of Enoch Mpianzi, who died there last week, and a delegation arrived at the lodge to find the gates locked. They then resorted to jumping over the gate.

Daniël Eloff, from the Hurter Spies law firm, said the commission had not made an appointment at a convenient time.

“They sent an SMS in the morning saying they will make their way to the lodge. But my client was in Pretoria on consultation. They couldn’t be at the lodge.

“It’s simply not true that they denied them access. They were not around to open the gate,” Eloff said.

He said the lodge’s doors were open to the public, even though “the business has been slow. And the staff members have been sent for counselling, as this has been traumatic.”

Mpianzi, a grade 8 Parktown Boys' High School pupil, died during a rafting accident while on an orientation camp. His body was recovered on Friday. 

Jones reportedly said lodge representatives had agreed to the visit, before later referring him to their lawyers. 

Anto Mpianzi, Enoch's mother, sobbed as she neared the scene of her son's death. The commission has stated its willingness to assist the family. 

Investigations are ongoing. 

SowetanLIVE's sister publication TimesLIVE is awaiting a response from the SAHRC. The story will be updated.

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