The other versions of the story
The second version of the story is almost similar to the first except that the driver of the vehicle is said to have been the relative of the MP but this is questionable as his state of sobriety was allegedly questionable on the day.
According to this version, there were two males who were in the company of the MP when they offered the pupils a lift.
As per this version when the two (relative to the MP and Tanele) alighted from the vehicle to open the farm gate.
The legislator and the other man who was in the vehicle went on to lock another gate which is about 200 metres away from the farm.
This is said to have scared Zandile who felt ‘unsafe’ and without the MP and his relative noticing jumped off the moving vehicle injuring herself.
By the time the duo noticed that she had disappeared from the scene towards the other gate. When Tanele saw her escaping, she did not ask but joined her.
The third version which is also almost similar to the second one is that presented by a source close to the matter who also spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The source stated that the second version was almost true except on the part of the driver as the source said the vehicle was driven by the legislator.
The source also stated that it was not the first time the MP had given Zandile a lift as this had happened several instances as they had both established a relationship and exchanged contacts. However, the source was quick to say that this was not to suggest that it was an intimate or love affair relationship.
The conflict between the account of the legislator and the pupil is what had led to the police investigation.
A family member of the child confirmed that the legislator had apologised and taken care of medical bills for the girl’s injuries.
He is said to have settled the matter with the family and as result the family was surprised to see police officers who arrived to probe them on the matter.
He took care of the hospital bills and assisted us after the accident. It was not a hit and run as he reported the matter to the police.
I really do not understand why they are investigating the matter especially at this time when she is still writing her exams,” wondered a relative.
The school confirmed that the child reported to school the following Monday with a fractured arm, though they did not inquire how she had sustained the injury especially because it had occurred outside the school compound and school time.