The other ver­sions of the story

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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.

Es­tab­lished

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.

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