School­boy killed in crash

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE fam­ily of a Grade 7 learner at Zi­ca­ban­gele Pri­mary School in the Ntuze Re­serve, is in shock fol­low­ing the death of their son, Ayanda Mthethwa (13), af­ter he was hit by a bus while on his way to school on Tues­day.

He was among a group of learn­ers walk­ing along the road ap­proach­ing the Ntuze bridge when a bus driver al­legedly lost con­trol and hit the boy.

Ayanda’s un­cle, Mphikiseni Mthethwa, said when they ar­rived at the scene, they were told that the other learn­ers man­aged to es­cape in­jury.

He de­scribed Ayanda as a fine young­ster with a bright fu­ture.

‘We are very sad­dened by his un­timely pass­ing. We are at the state mor­tu­ary pre­par­ing for his burial this week­end,’ he said.

The ANCYL Ward 11 leader, Londi Sibiya, blamed the bad state of the road as the cause of the ac­ci­dent.

‘We have pre­vi­ously raised con­cerns about the bad state of this gravel road, but noth­ing has been done about it.

‘This is a provin­cial road link­ing Chib­ini and Oban­jeni ar­eas. The com­mu­nity will stage an­other protest un­til our de­mands to up­grade this road are met,’ said Biyela.

King Cetshwayo Clus­ter po­lice spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose, said a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide was reg­is­tered at Mtun­zini SAPS.

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