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Gauteng MEC for Education, Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Matome Chiloane, has expressed sadness at the accident that claimed the lives of 11 learners from the Rocklands Primary School and one learner from Laerskool Blyvooruitsig.

Wednesday’s accident also claimed the life of the driver.

Early this morning, the department received a distressing report from officials indicating that a private scholar transport mini-bus was involved in a tragic accident in the Kokosi-Wedela area in Merafong, claiming the lives of the 12 learners and their driver. 

Additionally, seven other learners have been rushed to a medical facility for urgent medical attention.

It is alleged that the learner transport was hit from behind by a bakkie, causing it to overturn and subsequently caught fire. 

This horrific accident is alleged to have occurred at around 6:45am and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Meanwhile, the department has dispatched its Psycho-Social Support team to the schools to provide immediate support and to work closely with the school and affected families. 

“Counselling services will be made available to all learners and staff members to help them cope with the emotional aftermath of this tragedy,” the department said in a statement.

“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 wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and both schools’ entire community during this incredibly difficult time. We also wish all injured learners a speedy recovery,” Chiloane said.

MEC Chiloane has visited the scene of the accident and the schools. –


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