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SAHRC to probe three deaths at deaf school

08 September 2015 - 15:27 By RDM News Wire

Was there any violation of human rights in the death of three children at the Northwest School for the Deaf? That’s one of the questions the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wants answered in its investigation “in to the living conditions of pupils” at the school.“The commission learnt with shock that the three pupils got killed in their sleep when the school hostel in Leeudoringstad‚ in Maquassi Hills Local Municipality‚ NW Province‚ was razed down by fire in the early hours of Monday two weeks ago‚” an SAHRC statement said.As well as the rights issue‚ the commission wants to know “if the fire warning systems at the school were functional‚ and if any school official was on duty at the time of the fire”.The SAHRC also said it “welcomes” the criminal investigation the SA Police Service is conducting into the cause of the deaths.Another North West school in the commission’s sights is the Meerhof Special School‚ in Brits‚ where there are “allegations of staff shortages”“The commission has the mandate to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities‚” the statement said.“The commission believes that there is more that needs to be done in guaranteeing that children with disabilities are provided‚ not only with quality education that is their basic right‚ but also safety while in schools.”..

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