CRASH CLAIMS LIVES OF FOUR SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN AS NEW SCHOOL YEAR OPENS

Four South African schoolchildren have been killed in a collision between a taxi and a bus at Ntuzuma, a twonship some 25 kilometres northwest of here, as they were making their way to school on the first day of the new academic year Wednesday.

Parents of the four pupils are devastated. Nkosinathi Mjwara lost his 16-year-old daughter, Thabisile, who was a Grade 11 pupil at Sivananda High School at KwaMashu.

Mjwara’s 13-year-old son Bennie was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. The father is stunned.

“There were two of my kids; a boy and a girl. A boy survived (with) critical injuries and my daughter was confirmed dead at the scene,” he said.

“It was my boy’s first day in high school, and my daughter was doing Grade 11. It’s so sad, because they asked me to transport them to school, but I was still bathing and told them to leave. Maybe if I had ferried them on my own this accident might not have happened.”

“We are going to be heading there together with the MEC (Member of the Executive Council) to the scene to establish exactly what has transpired.”

The KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Transport has sent its condolences to the families of the four schoolchildren killed in the bus crash. Department Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said they will back an investigation into the cause of the crash.

We have received a report of the accident. We are going to be heading there together with the MEC to the scene to establish exactly what has transpired,” added Ncalane.

“We are going to sanction an investigation to establish exactly what was the cause of the accident. The issue of learner safety has been on the agenda for a very long time. We have been dealing with that together with the Department of Education to address and prioritise the transportation of learners.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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