Lempu JSS Reopens, Village Looks To God


Lempu Junior Secondary School, which was temporarily closed recently after students were attacked by what health officials termed mass hysteria, is re-opening today although some students have reportedly not fully recovered.

The Monitor has learnt that last week some of the learners who were cleared and ready to be discharged by doctors at Scottish Livingstone Hospital, on arrival at their respective homes started wobbling again.  Classes were expected to resume today, but it is alleged that about three students from Khudumelapye still exhibit symptoms of the mystery disease. Salajwe councillor, Lopang Sebutlenyane said prayers by different churches were ongoing at the school to welcome boarding students. Sebutlenyane revealed that the villagers had by Sunday, resolved with the leadership to invite all interested churches from and surrounding villages to come to the school for prayers.

“It looks like medical doctors were struggling to establish the cause as well as to cure this disease because I heard reports that after being certified healed and discharged from the hospital some students started wobbling when they arrived at their respective homes,” he said.

“This to me shows that doctors could somehow be struggling to cure this condition.”

Sebutlenyane said he heard reports that after seeing the reoccurrence of the condition on their children parents they decided to seek God’s intervention by taking the learners to churches to seek prayers, rather than sending them back to the Molepolole hospital. “Ke utule magatwe a gore go santse go nale basetsana ba bararo ba motse wa Khudumelapye baba santseng ba palelwe kego tsamaya (I hear rumours that three girls from Khudumelapye are still unable to walk) .

I am yet to phone the village Kgosi to confirm the allegations and advise him to plead with their parents to take them to any church for prayers,” he said. He said villagers were putting all their faith in yesterday’s prayers to calm the situation at the school for the progress of the learners’ education.  Sharing the same sentiments, Salajwe senior chief representative Moalo Gaerupe said they put their faith on prayers from different churches as the medical doctors have not yet discovered the cause of the disease. Reached for comment, Scottish Livingstone Hospital Superintendent Dr Kunal Rose said all 133 Lempu students who were admitted at the hospital were discharged.

“They were all discharged walking properly and the hospital has not admitted those students again or heard any reports or reoccurrence of the condition hence confident that students are all cured,” said Rose. Asked whether there are possibilities of reoccurrence of the disease, Rose “Yes there can be such possibilities of reoccurrence, but I can assure you that we have not received such reports or students being brought back with similar symptoms”.Two weeks ago, Salajwe village was rocked as a rare condition identified as mass hysteria attacked 133 Lempu students.  This condition that even shocked the whole nation caused students to wobble while walking.

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