Driving home a point

2014-09-22 00:00

TEACHERS at the Longmarket Girls’ School took a stand against dangerous driving following the death of a pupil from the school.

Three teachers from the school took to the Pietermaritzburg main taxi rank on Langalibale Street on Friday, after a child was allegedly knocked down by a taxi. They carried posters telling the public about the incident, and calling for more cautious driving.

Thirteen -year-old old pupil Sindiswa Mabaso was allegedly knocked down and killed by a taxi on her way home. The taxi apparently came around a corner and allegedly climbed a pavement where Sindiswa and her friends were walking.

Christine Forbes, one of the teachers at the march, said it was not a protest but rather them taking a stand, with placards detailing why they were there and what had happened.

“We stood there with posters for an hour; we were careful not to accuse anyone. We had three posters that simply stated the facts,” she said.

She said one poster said one child death is one too many; another called on the drivers to drive with care and another stated the fact that a child had died there.

“One taxi driver gave us a thumbs up, at least three people spoke to us but it was very busy.

“We had actually stopped at a pedestrian crossing hoping that some cars would stop but none did; it’s very difficult for pedestrian to cross there.”

She said it was important to highlight the tragic death and call for more cautious driving, to make sure something like this never happens again.

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