Memorial service for Grade 4 pupil
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.