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WCED busts Khayelitsha matric pupil for posing as fire victim on Twitter

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The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says it will deal with a Khayelitsha learner who fraudulently posed as a fire victim AFTER he completes his matric exams.

A grade 12 learner from a Khayelitsha high school posted on Twitter that he was a victim of the blaze that swept through a section of Town Two last week.

Read: 'As we were taking out our clothes and furniture people were stealing them'

Some media outlets featured the young man in their articles and his Twitter post received over 2 000 responses from people wanting to donate.

WCED ministerial spokesperson Jessica Shelver says she came across the post, but did not recognise his name from her official list of affected matric learners.

After investigating, it emerged that the pupil was not from the affected community and was not directly impacted by the fire as he had alleged.

Read more: Basic Education explains why fire victims are not given an alternative exam date

Shelver says she contaced each person who had responded to the Twitter post to notify them of the fraud.

She says many people had pledged money, stationery, clothing and other items.

The department has contacted the learner and his mother to remove the misleading post and he has since deleted his Twitter account.

Also read: Listeners flock to help Khayelitsha fire victim fulfill her dreams says Kieno

Shelver advises that officials will deal with the matter once the learner has completed his exams.

She says the nine pupils who have been directly affected by the fire have shown up for all their matric exams so far.

Read: Matric pupils affected by Khayelitsha fire will sit exams this week, says WCED

A grade 12 learner is in Khayelitsha who attends Khayelitsha high school posted on Twitter that he had lost everything in the fire, except for the shoes on his feet.

— Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

A few media had done articles featuring him and he received over 2 000 responses on Twitter.

— Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

This learner didn't appear on my list... We subsequently found out that he did not even live in the are that was affected by the fire.

— Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

It's 100% fraud... He understands that there will be consequences. We want to get him through exams and deal with the fraud part of it afterwards.

— Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

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