MEC com­forts griev­ing pupils

The Citizen (KZN) - - Back To School - Alex Mat­lala

Pupils and teach­ers at Ran­to­beng Se­condary School, out­side Burg­ers­fort, spent the bet­ter part of yes­ter­day in mourn­ing for four of its chil­dren, who died in an ac­ci­dent at nearby Dipha­gane vil­lage last week.

The vic­tims will be laid to rest on Satur­day.

Yes­ter­day Lim­popo MEC for ed­u­ca­tion Polly Boshielo went to the school flanked by so­cial work­ers to of­fer coun­selling to the dis­traught pupils.

Boshielo spoke at the school assem­bly yes­ter­day: “We are here to­day to of­fer our sup­port and sym­pa­thy af­ter you lost your beloved brothers and school­mates.

“We are here to tell you that your loss is our loss as the depart­ment and as gov­ern­ment.”

Po­lice said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened when a truck driver crashed into a group of teenagers walk­ing along­side the road, com­ing from a local soccer field.

Three of the vic­tims were cer­ti­fied dead at the scene and four were taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries,” po­lice said.

Lim­popo po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Mot­lafela Mo­japelo iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as Phahlam­ohlaka An­swer, 18, Pha­la­fudi Kgothatso, 17, Koketso Mat­lala, 15 and Pha­la­fudi Kgotlelelo, 16.

Boshielo then went to Moreko Se­condary School in Phokoane, out­side Jane Furse, where she told pupils, teach­ers and par­ents that a jour­ney to a pass be­gins on the first day of the school.

“Teach­ers must teach, pupils must learn and par­ents must pro­vide guid­ance so that we im­prove our ma­tric pass rate for the class of 2020,” she said.

Pic­ture: Michel Bega

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE. Two sets of twins started Grade 1 at Sa­heti School in Bed­ford­view yes­ter­day. Giana Lam­berti, front left, wants to be a lawyer and brother Rafael a soccer player. Of the Mor­fou brothers, back, Panayi­o­tis will be an as­tro­naut and Pan­delis a rugby player.

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