Me­mo­rial ser­vice for Grade 4 pupil

The New Age (Free State) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER re­filwem@the­newage.co.za

A ME­MO­RIAL ser­vice will take place this morn­ing in hon­our of a Grade 4 pupil who was killed in an ac­ci­dent last week.

Re­fentse Serai, 10, from the ER Mocwaledi Pri­mary School in Pampier­stad, died after the bus she was trav­el­ling in col­lided with a truck.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at the school and will start at 1pm.

Two other pupils were se­ri­ously in­jured while 32 pupils sus­tained mi­nor in­juries in the ac­ci­dent.

The two were re­leased from hospi­tal at the week­end.

Both the ed­u­ca­tion and trans­port, safety and li­ai­son MECs, Martha Bartlett and Pauline Williams, have con­veyed con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the pupil.

The two MECs have also paid a visit to the school.

Williams said it was al­ways sad when a young per­son died be­cause young peo­ple rep­re­sent the hope of the na­tion.

She also wished a speedy recovery to the two pupils who were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent.

“I am sad­dened for dreams and po­ten­tial never re­alised, so I pray that the fam­i­lies may find their refuge in God and seek His com­fort.

“We have com­mit­ted our­selves to vig­or­ously im­prove sus­tained com­pli­ance mon­i­tor­ing of pupil trans­porta­tion in a bid to en­sure the safety of our pupils.

“As we reel from this shock, we ap­peal to op­er­a­tors, school man­age­ment teams, school govern­ing bodies and the broader com­mu­nity to keep help­ing us to en­sure we get our chil­dren to school on time and more im­por­tantly, safe,” Williams said.

Pupil trans­port is presently a shared func­tion be­tween the ed­u­ca­tion and the trans­port, safety and li­ai­son de­part­ments.

Both de­part­ments are in con­tact with the fam­ily and the school in prepa­ra­tion for yes­ter­day’s me­mo­rial ser­vice while in the process of mak­ing fu­neral ar­range­ments.

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