Parents heard of bus crash on radio

2013-04-26 00:00

SOME parents and guardians of the children who died in a bus crash on Wednesday learned of the tragedy from radio and television news reports.

Eight pupils of Zamimpilo Special School died when a bus they were travelling in crashed in kwaCeza near Ulundi. Many others were injured.

One of the parents, Sifiso Zulu, said he was watching the news when he learned of the bus accident.

“We knew that Phumzile was in the bus. We started inquiring about the accident. The school told us that social workers were on the way to us.

By the time they arrived at home we had already accepted that something had happened.”

He said Phumzile (19) wanted to be a better netball player.

“She was playing netball and was always excited about the things she learned at school.”

Nomathemba Myeni, the aunt of Linda Biyela (19), said the family heard about the crash on SABC radio news and started to ask about the accident.

“We heard about the accident over the radio, but I was not thinking that he was involved in the accident as well.

“We were only told at about 3 pm [on Wednesday] when social workers arrived at our home with the news. I was shocked to hear the news on the radio before they could tell us.”

Sakhengani Khanyile, the aunt of Nomusa Makhoba (21), said they would miss her. Makhoba was always happy to be with the family, she added.

The Zamimpilo pupils were returning to their school after extra-curricular activities for special needs schools in Richards Bay when the accident occurred.

The grieving families met at the school yesterday to pray and receive counselling from social workers.

They discussed funeral arrangements and a memorial service.

An uncle of Sibusiso Myeni (17) said it was hard for the family to accept that they wouldn’t see him again.

Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo who is acting Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC, said two pupils were transferred to the Benedictine Hospital in Nongoma for high care.

Eight others were still in hospital. The bus driver is in hospital under police guard.

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