Tragic Accident Claims Lives of 12 Learners and Transport Driver in Gauteng

In a devastating accident on Wednesday morning, twelve learners and their transport driver lost their lives, causing widespread grief in Gauteng.

The tragic event involved learners from Rocklands Primary School and Laerskool Blyvooruitsig in Carletonville.

Matome Chiloane, the MEC for Education, Sport, Arts, Culture, and Recreation, expressed deep sorrow upon learning about the incident.

Seven additional learners are receiving urgent medical care.

“This morning, the Department received a report indicating that a private scholar transport minibus was involved in a fatal accident in the Kokosi-Wedela area in Merafong, resulting in the deaths of 12 learners and their driver.

The learner transport reportedly overturned and caught fire after being hit from behind by a bakkie around 6:45 AM. Police are investigating the incident,” Chiloane stated.

The Department of Education has sent a psycho-social support team to the affected schools to provide immediate support and work closely with the affected families. Counseling services will be available to all learners and staff members to help them cope with the emotional impact of the tragedy.

“I am profoundly saddened by this tragic event. The loss of our children is a devastating blow to our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured learners. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and both schooling communities during this incredibly difficult time. We also wish all injured learners a speedy recovery,” Chiloane added.

The MEC will be visiting the accident scene and both schools on Wednesday.

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