12 learners, 1 driver killed in Carletonville scholar transport accident

Gauteng MEC for Education, Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation, Mr. Matome Chiloane, expressed profound sadness over a tragic incident on Wednesday, 10 July 2024. Eleven learners from Rocklands Primary School and one learner from Laerskool Blyvooruitsig in Carletonville, along with their driver, lost their lives in a devastating accident.

The Department received a distressing report this morning indicating that a private scholar transport mini-bus was involved in a tragic accident in the Kokosi-Wedela area in Merafong. The accident claimed the lives of 12 learners and their driver. Additionally, seven other learners have been rushed to a medical facility for urgent medical attention.

According to reports, the learner transport was hit from behind by a bakkie, causing it to overturn and subsequently catch fire. This horrific accident allegedly occurred around 06:45. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Department has dispatched its Psycho-Social Support team to the schools to provide immediate assistance and work closely with the affected families. Counseling services will be available to all learners and staff members to help them cope with the emotional aftermath of this tragedy.

“I am profoundly saddened by this tragic event. The loss of our children is a devastating blow to our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured learners. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and the entire school communities during this incredibly difficult time. We also wish all injured learners a speedy recovery,” said MEC Chiloane.

MEC Chiloane will be visiting the scene of the accident and both schools today.

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