Taxi driver knocks down four learners leaving two dead

BUSHBUCKRIDGE – A mini-bus taxi crashed into grade 12 learners on their way home after writing their preliminary exams at Makhosana Manzini High School yesterday.

It is alleged that the taxi driver was avoiding traffic officers and lost control of the vehicle. Two of the four girls died while others were rushed to Matikwane Hospital. One of the surviving learners, was discharged and the other is still receiving medical attention.

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The MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba expressed his condolences to the families of the two learners and wished others a speedy recovery.

“We are deeply hurt and saddened by this callous act of taking away these two innocent lives at the prime of their youth. Our hearts pour out condolences to their beloved families and friends. We also wish the other two learners well, to heal and recuperate fully and fast. We implore the law to take its course on reckless driving to curb incidents such as these. May the two learners who passed on, rest peacefully,” said MEC Majuba.

The Department will arrange counselling to learners affected by the incident.

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