On Monday, two matric pupils from the Makhosana Manzini High School in Bushbuckridge died in a fatal accident, just after writing a preliminary exam, this is according to the Mpumalanga education department.
The department said in a statement that the matric pupils were among a group of four who were hit by a taxi while they headed home from school.
“Two of them sadly passed away while the other two were rushed to hospital. Of the two surviving learners, one was discharged and the other one is still receiving medical attention at Matikwane hospital,” the department said.
“It is alleged the taxi driver was running away from traffic police when he lost control of the taxi which ultimately plunged into the four learners,” the department added.
The taxi driver has been apprehended.
Mpumalanga education MEC Bonakele Majuba sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased pupils.
“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,” Majuba said.
“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,” he added.
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