South Africa: Enoch Mpianzi - the 'Conspiracy of Lies' At Parktown Boys' High

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Here is what I think is happening. To me, this is a classic case of toxic masculinity. A boy disappears (and later dies) and all the men in charge of the boys agree in a brotherhood of silence and a conspiracy of lies -- if not by commission, certainly by omission.

Dear Mr Malcolm Williams

Headmaster: Parktown Boys' High School

It has been a week from hell, hasn't it? But if that's how you feel, imagine how the family of Enoch Mpianzi still feels now, a week after his demise.

You do not know me Sir, so let me tell you who I am. I am a social commentator, a journalist, a PR coach, I am a mentor for teenage boys and an advocate for responsible manhood, and most importantly I am a parent of a boy at Parktown. And I am writing to you mostly in my capacity as the latter two, but certainly in all the stated capacities.

Like most parents and all those associated with the school I was hit by shock when the news came out and a part of me hoped it wasn't so. No one wants their school or the school of their child...

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