Girls die in hor­ror crash

Zululand Observer - Monday - - FRONT PAGE - Or­rin Singh

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

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