Police and the provincial education department have launched investigations.

Police spokesperson Captain Siphokazi Mawisa said: “Police can confirm that they opened an inquest docket following the reported death of a 16-year-old boy during a school camp in Keiskammahoek on Friday afternoon.”

At this stage, circumstances relating to the incident form part of the investigation, Mawisa said.

Eastern Cape education department spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said a psycho-social support team was arranged to deal with the matter.

Mtima said a team of internal investigators would investigate the matter and recommend the steps the department should take.