Girls die in horror crash
THE lives of two 16-year-old high school learners were lost in a horrific accident on Thursday afternoon, while being transported to the annual Reed Dance Ceremony in Nongoma.
King Cetshwayo District Director for Education, David Chonco identified the victims as Lungile Ngema of Tholokuhle High School in eNseleni and Nokwazi Mthembu of Lizwi High School in Mandlanzin.
They died in a collision between the Toyota Hilux, in which they were passengers, and a bus which had been transporting close to 70 learners from KwaMbonambi Primary School.
Chonco said the department was saddened by the incident.
‘We convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.
‘We understand that both girls were on their way to get dropped off in Mhlana to take a bus with other learners to attend the annual Reed Dance Ceremony in Nongoma.
‘We have received a report from KwaMbonambi Primary School and we can confirm that none of the learners who were in the bus were seriously injured.
‘They have all since been discharged from hospital, most with only minor injuries,’ said Chonco.
According to a source, many of the learners who were injured in the collision on Thursday did not report for school on Friday.
The ZO reported that the bus had been travelling east along the P232 bypass while the Toyota Hilux double cab, with four female occupants, had been northbound.
The bus driver lost control and veered off the road and down the embankment following the collision.
Both Lungile and Nokwazi died on impact while a toddler and the driver of the vehicle were rushed to hospital with critical and moderate injuries respectively.
The mangled Toyota Hilux in which the two high school pupils lost their lives Orrin Singh