Taxi runs over schoolboy (9)

2011-11-18 00:00

AN Edendale boy was killed by a taxi on his way home from school on the Edendale Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Tshibiso “Mbaniza” Ramabele (nine), a grade two pupil at Sandzwili Primary, was with a group of pupils when he was knocked down by the taxi and died on the scene.

His mother, Thatho Ramabele, said one of the children ran to his home and told her what had happened.

“The child came here crying hysterically saying that Mbaniza has been hit by a taxi and he was not talking.

“When I arrived at the scene I looked at him once and turned away because of the blood on his face.

“From what I heard the child saw the stationary taxi and crossed the road unaware that it had just offloaded a passenger and was moving.

“This is sad and I can’t tell you how I feel about the taxi driver,” said Ramabele.

She said the taxi driver arrived at her home asking about the funeral arrangements, saying he was willing to contribute.

Ramabele said this was not an isolated incident on that stretch of road.

“Some time in June a woman was knocked down by a vehicle and died later because of her injuries. The speed humps we have on this road are not enough as the road is always busy.”

A manager in the risk management department in Msunduzi Municipality, Thembisile Mahlaba, said two officers are posted at that spot to help schoolchildren cross the road.

“These officers are on guard for schoolchildren when they go to school and when they go home. In this instance the time factor could have contributed because once the officers are done assisting the children then whoever crosses the road after school is on their own.

“We have speed humps, but I feel that we need more of these.

“The taxi industry had given us the go-ahead to lay the humps, but this has not happened because of financial constraints,” said Mahlaba.

She said parents sometimes contribute to the accidents because they send children across the road unguarded.

Msunduzi One Taxi Association spokesperson Boy Zondi said motorists should reduce speed in areas where there are people, especially children.

Zondi said, “We still need to engage Msunduzi Municipality to have more traffic officers in all the areas where there are schoolchildren.

“But that doesn’t mean drivers must be reckless.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of culpable homicide has been opened.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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