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Knysna horror crash - 3 children from one family die

2011-08-24 23:35

George - A mother is without her three children and two sets of twins are dead after Wednesday's tragic bus accident near Knysna.

The children were among 14 from the Rheenendal Primary School who drowned, together with the bus driver, after the bus rolled into Kasat's drift.

There were 56 passengers on the bus, which is designed to seat only 33.

The driver, Colin Pyne, reportedly had stopped to pick up a child who was waiting on a hill.

The bus started rolling back after the brakes apparently failed. Seconds later just the back of the blue bus was sticking out of the water.

Johan Luiters, who works nearby, said he arrived at the scene just after 08:00. He saw children trying to climb out of the bus's windows. Just 42 pupils could reach the banks of the river.

Divers searched the waters and brought the bodies to the surface one by one. They were placed, covered in white blankets, next to one another on the bridge.

Paulina Figelander, whose children 15-year old Mauricha, Felicity, 7, and André, 9, could only look on, wordlessly grieving.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

Comments
  • Coquine - 2011-08-24 23:46

    Someone at that school allowed all those kids into one bus instead of the bus making two trips. The road is apparently unsuitable for the bigger bus that was booked so the small bus was used and the driver decided, today, to make one trip only and cram all the kids in. They don't know yet if the brakes failed, but the weight of extra kids exacerbated the problem. Earlier reports of the driver going through a barrier are wrong. I just heard this in a radio interview with the MEC for the Western Cape.

      Coquine - 2011-08-25 00:23

      I also heard on the same interview that a farmer happened to be passing and he apparebntly jumped in and managed to save a few children. I hope we hear more of this hero as the news sites catch up with the story.

      Mixyez - 2011-08-25 06:40

      How can you say that someone at the school let all the kids into the bus. The bus was on it's way to schol. The school management probably did not even know that the bus was only going to make one trip. My heart goes out to all those parents that lost loved ones in this tragedy.

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 07:32

      African Express were awarded the contract by the western cape education department and the driver has been complaining about the faulty brakes on this specific bus for the last couple of weeks and the fact that he had to use a smaller bus to transport the large number of children in terms of the contract. Parents who had complained to the department said it fell on deaf ears. The DA have and will always practice political morality based on racial classification, or a division based on who pays the bulk of the taxes.

      McDaNife - 2011-08-25 07:54

      Omg what a tragicaly circumstances, really feel for the families who have lost their little ones. RIP

      DW - 2011-08-25 08:23

      Komasa you have tried and found guilty the DA with absolutely no proof of what happened whatsoever. The bus driver is ultimately responsible for loading up so many children in a bus which was limited to less. He should have done a second trip. Easy to lay the blame at someone else's door when things go wrong.

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 08:37

      @DW only if the rule is applied uniformly.

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 08:41

      @DW who awarded the contract, and that based on African Express's track record and their owner Pravin Singh. Another Roadlink?

      Dav - 2011-08-25 08:43

      @Komasa. You just could not help your self could you. In this sad time for everyone, those involved or not, you just had to turn it into another political slinging match. You need to go stick your head in a toilet and flush it. Your remark is totally out of place and un called for. Shame on you.

      SirMark - 2011-08-25 08:52

      @Komasa , you are an idiot , children have died and you have to bring politics into it , innocent children . if anyone is to blame its African Express for having un-roadworthy busses , trying to make money by placing too many passanges on one bus and the driver for allowing too many children on the bus . you are a heartless idiot , typical of what the ANC stands for . greed , fraud and corruption .

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 08:54

      @Dav I gave my condolences yesterday when the accident happened, today we must face facts not smoke screen them with sorrow.

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 09:06

      @SirMark ask yourself would a contract ever been awarded to African Express to ferry white school children. The answer is NO.

      SirMark - 2011-08-25 09:32

      @Komasa .... if the ANC and ANCYL care so much for "non-white" children why have they not supplied new and safe transport for the children instead of stealing and spending so much for thier personal use and for useless concerts and the like ? malema`s house alone could of provided at least 32 new busses to various schools , the money paid by the ANC for a empty police building 69 million or so another 138 new busses so open your eyes . At the end of the day , innocent children died so think of them and their families and not about political points .

      DW - 2011-08-25 09:44

      @Komasa - I copied this from Kobie below "I was the principal of a school in that region 5 years ago and I remember that I randomly, every second day would count the number of children on my list to see that each one have a seat as the contract stated. It was also my duty to report any complaints to the provincial traffic chief through a direct number he personally issued to us and wich I often tested to establish its validity. Please Sammy step up your management at the school." - So the school principal should also take some responsibility, as should the local trafic officers who allow unroadworthy vehicles to ferry children. But you are so angry that DA soundly beat your lousy ANC in the last elections that you are determined to lash this to their neck, arent you. Incidentally, the DA only won the election in May this year. I would like to see whose signature is on the contract awarded to African Express. I would like to bet it was someone from the previous party in power (ANC) who got a kickback in the process. Shut up until the investigation is done, because you may just end up with egg all over your face.

      Lynn - 2011-08-25 10:45

      @komasa please go read my comments

      Dayat Atime - 2011-08-25 11:20

      Komasa stop stirring. The driver complained to the bus company about the brakes, not to the DA. It was Pravin Singh that turned a blind eye. Also you state that no contract to ferry white children would be awarded to African Express, guess what...there were white children on that bus. To take a page out of your book: It was in fact ANC insurgents placed here by the ANCYL that cut the brake lines, falsified documents and intimidated parents into lying to create a poor reflection of DA control. I cannot reveal my sources because they are fake and my accusation is baseless drivel. I am Komasa v2.0.1

      Mike - 2011-08-25 14:37

      @Komasa - you are a wanker of note - problably got a black belt in it! What the hell has this got to do with the DA? Fool.

  • Johnny - 2011-08-24 23:56

    I feel so sorry for the families. I can't begin to imagine the pain.

  • Misan Thrope - 2011-08-24 23:59

    I cannot even begin to comprehend the level of pain the families must be feeling. How does one even begin to pick up the pieces of your life when all of your children have died? How do you comfort a mother than has lost all of her children? This story is so overwhelmingly sad. My heart goes out to the families.

  • mabsie - 2011-08-25 00:10

    Such a devastating accident. Can only imagine the childrens horror as the crashed into the water.

  • Nash1981 - 2011-08-25 00:16

    This is aa real tragedy......heartfelt sympathies to all the families on their losses.

      Airborne68 - 2011-08-25 06:09

      Why the thumbs down?

      Taboo - 2011-08-25 07:22

      Some idiots come on the site and do thumbs down just to be "different". I think they want a reaction. So ignore them.

  • Snoopy88 - 2011-08-25 00:55

    I'm so, so sorry Paulina and the other parents who've suffered such unimaginable losses.. there are no words... :(

  • John Brits - 2011-08-25 04:59

    it say kasat's drift where is that?

      katySA - 2011-08-25 07:13

      a drift (in SA due to translation from Afrikaans) is a river/stream (usually with relatively steep embankments ... this one is named Kasat and is in/near Knysna in the south-eastern Cape

      Akdov - 2011-08-25 07:14

      By Knysna obviously

  • Goddok - 2011-08-25 05:16

    Condolences to the families. May God give you strength to overcome this tragedy and pick-up the pieces.

      Face - 2011-08-25 07:16

      Robbie, do you want to put the blame on Him now?

      Face - 2011-08-25 07:54

      I'll pray that you might be enlightened with some insight - you obviously never listened to any wisdom coming from the heart - Indicating that you were raised by Animals.

      Robbie - 2011-08-25 07:59

      Face-show me some proof and I will change my mind.

      Face - 2011-08-25 08:05

      If you knew my life and what I experienced then only would you understand. Don't reject something that you are not aware of.

      THX1148 - 2011-08-25 08:27

      Robbie, there is plenty of proof. You are just too blind to see it. Or are unwilling to see it because then you would have a greater power to be accountable to. Certainly everyone searches for someone to blame in times like this, but God gave us all the gift of choice. So if someone (one earth) chose to allow this tragedy to happen then they are to blame, not God. My heart also goes out to these parents, but I would ask they look to God for strength to deal with this rather than look to Him for blame.

      JMan - 2011-08-25 08:49

      @ Face... what do you mean 'why blame god'...?? i thought god was in charge of everything...and makes all the choices about who lives and who dies...? Or is that not the case here? So only when it suits you? And then you go on insulting someone who asked a legitimate question...telling him he was raised by animals? Typical. Wow.

      G-spotWizard - 2011-08-25 08:59

      First of all why is there no rails to protect cars from going into the river. Secondly how and why did the driver decided to stop at the river? The story on this site reports that the bus started to roll back, how can the bus roll back into the river and the front of the bus ends up in the water? This is a clear case of human lives being sacrificed by whichcraft. People must wake up and pray.

      Dayat Atime - 2011-08-25 10:31

      Well Robbie, science today cannot duplicate the human body which has been around for millenia, so how did science create you back then?

      Robbie - 2011-08-25 11:37

      Thanks Jman,my thoughts exactly. Why does this so called God only help a selective few?

      JMan - 2011-08-25 11:55

      @ Robbie.. NP...but not just that, the bible gets quoted more often as "proof" of 'god's word' and/or existance...and also only then when it suits the ones (or their specific situations they're referring to) quoting it... The Bible was written by humans, and the passages currently in there, originally selected from MULTIPLE scriptures...also by (a few) humans. To me, you might as well quote JRR Tolken.

      JMan - 2011-08-25 11:57

      BTW...not wanting to disrespect the victims and their loved ones by getting off-topic. My sincere condolences to you all. May they Rest in Peace. Its a sad day .:(

  • Allin - 2011-08-25 05:27

    Another poorly written News24 story: The bus was licensed to seat 33 passengers? Most buses are also licensed to carry standing passengers. How many? The second last paragraph is clearly incomplete.

  • Dolphin - 2011-08-25 06:13

    I live in Wilderness. It looks like an African Ecpress bus. They aslo ferry children to school in George. These busses frequently break down, are ill maintained and flout speed limits and road rules. Years ago I refused to let my daughter go on one of these when the school rented it for a trip.I have always said one day someone will die because of these busses. TAKE THEM OFF THE ROAD GEORGE/KNYSNA TRAFFIC.

      Kobie - 2011-08-25 08:07

      I was the principal of a school in that region 5 years ago and I remember that I randomly, every second day would count the number of children on my list to see that each one have a seat as the contract stated. It was also my duty to report any complaints to the provincial traffic chief through a direct number he personally issued to us and wich I often tested to establish its validity. Please Sammy step up your management at the school.

      wilderness.rentals - 2011-08-25 08:17

      I live in Wilderness too & I must agree with You. Saw the A.Express bus this morning taking kids to school from the camp on the Heights. They taken the Bus Co. name off the bus already. I got trashed yesterday when I said its a SA problem that people and companies Do NOT service their vehicles regularly. R.I.P. God's Little children. Doug. Wilderness Rentals @ Hough Properties

  • Dolphin - 2011-08-25 06:14

    Ooops...express. Early in the morning.

  • Dolphin - 2011-08-25 06:15

    My sincerest condolences to the families. It is horrible to lose a child.

  • Dolphin - 2011-08-25 06:17

    Same with the trucks that has killed and will kill again on the N2. It seems it is always the brakes.....convenient excuse for negligence or high speed?

      Vanessa - 2011-08-25 08:43

      My thoughts Exactly Dolphin - You hit the nail on the head! If the bus rolled Backwards - Why is the front of the bus in the water, Please someone explain this to Me???????

      G-spotWizard - 2011-08-25 09:04

      This is a case of human lives being sacrificed for whitchcraft. Such tragedies don't just happened, they are caused by evil cosmic forces.Why is that section of the road not protected with rails to prevent cars from going into the river? Maybe this road was build by another Julius malema company

      janet.mcdonaldbelstead - 2011-08-25 09:52

      IF a person travels this road at the allocated / correct speed, then there are no problems! We took all the back roads in this region recently including where this accident took place, and there is no real need for additional barriers - unless you get idiots who prefer to go over the speed limit!?!

  • Zion - 2011-08-25 06:24

    Words are just not large enough for us to express our pain too. Condolences to all the families who lost loved ones. In spirit we share your pain too.

  • chris.heyde1 - 2011-08-25 06:31

    How can one even begin to comprehend the loss a mother must feel after 3 of her children died? My heart goes out to Paulina and the other parents who also lost children. This should not have happened. May God console you, because it is almost impossible for any human being to be able to say the right words in these circumstances.

  • Boxxer - 2011-08-25 06:35

    In my school days school buses were always accompanied by at least one teacher. This avoids overloading, driver etiquette and so on.

  • Victor Paul - 2011-08-25 06:36

    Did Paulina Figelander not lose all three her children and whose names are mention in the last paragraph? I hope that I am wrong and that News 24 did not make a mistake...

      Taurus15 - 2011-08-25 06:45

      I also think they made a mistake! The three children that they say "looked on", are the ones from the same mother, and all the children died. EISH News 24!!!!!

      pokum - 2011-08-25 08:26

      I think Paulene lost all three of her kids in this accident, and she was probably standing on the bridge looking at her children being brought to the surface one by one...that is pure devistation for any mother..no wonder she was speechless with grief

      Dayat Atime - 2011-08-25 10:49

      The wording could have been better but you are misreading the punctuation. The comma after here name and the comma before "could only look on" separate two statements

  • HELEN - 2011-08-25 06:39

    I keep on looking at the photos and can't see a barrier, should there not be barriers when a road goes over a river

      Sonja - 2011-08-25 07:52

      Yep, noticed that too. They did report earlier that the bus went through the barrier, perhaps the whole thing came off? doubt it though, would still see something?

      Serame - 2011-08-25 07:57

      from what i heared ystrdy..there were barriers and the bus crushed into them

  • Gerard - 2011-08-25 06:41

    my condolences to the families who lost children in this tragic event.

  • lou63 - 2011-08-25 07:03

    tragic ,, condolences to all the affected families ,, again irresponsible /ignorant adult/s making bad decisions where kids pay with their lives ,,,

  • nicci.eaglestone - 2011-08-25 07:19

    My condolences to all the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy. One does have to question though why the bus was overloaded? One adults irresponsible decision has cost him and all those kids their lives. So sad

  • Cynic - 2011-08-25 07:24

    Bus and taxi owners and drivers have no regard for the law, life or anything other than making a cheap buck and care little for the passengers lives they so recklessly squander. They make no contribution to the taxation system, the country as a whole and totally disregard the road ordinance and flaunt this disregard daily in the face of the authorities and nothing gets done why? because my bra this is africa and africans only ever seek "poltical" solutions to a problem and are incapable of stomping out this violation and corruption of our transport system. AND we thought aids would become the biggest killer. So says the transport miniter we must charge them with murder so what living in jail is not a punishment bring back the death penalty and kill off these F@#$%@$ like they kill off the harmless passengers

      gekko - 2011-08-25 07:48

      @Komasa - I hope from the bottom of my heart that you rot in hell for making comments like that.You are one sick BASTARD for making this a political issue!

      Mano - 2011-08-25 08:05

      @Komsa. I'm sorry to hear you are so stupid and of no use on earth. Hopefully in your next life the Creator will make something more meaningful of you where are you able to contribute more to society. You do know that most people (if not all) on this forum probably think that you are hopeless dont you? No heart and feelings whatsoever.

      pokum - 2011-08-25 08:30

      who is there to charge, the man died in this accident as well

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 08:31

      @Mano thanks I appreciate the concern.

      pokum - 2011-08-25 08:37

      Komasa, please respect the situation here. why is this a racial thing all of a sudden, there are children that died here whether they were white, black, indian or coloured or whatever God chose them to be...they are still young children who were plucked in thier prime. How would you feel if you had lost a child here and other ppl where carrying on like its a platform to gather votes. Ag people please. the bus company said that their buses are tested for roadworthiness every six months and maybe the driver used the perogative to take standing passengers as a bus usually does. It was an accident it is painfull enough as it is dont make it any worse

  • 1GoodGirl - 2011-08-25 07:29

    The families and the victims are in our prayers! May God carry you all through this unimaginable pain!

  • Shorts1 - 2011-08-25 07:32

    Fate can be so cruel. No one deserves to die in this way. Innocent, young children losing their lives is probably the most tragic of all. As a parent, I cannot imagine how any other parent manages to cope with something like this. Having one child suddenly taken from you must seem like the end of your world, two or more is just beyond belief. Hopefully somehow those families directly affected will eventually be able to pull their lives back together. Let's also not forget the family of the bus driver. Hopefully too lessons will be learnt by those involved in the decision to in essence force all these kids to travel in what is reported to be a heavily overloaded bus, especially along that road which can be extremely dangerous at the best of times.

  • Opinion SA - 2011-08-25 07:32

    My heartfelt condolences to the families. It is such a terrbile tragedy and loss of liitle souls. It is a terrible reminder of bus tragedies where we loose young lives due to human error. This reminds of the bus tragedy in Westdene, Johannesburg in March, 1985 - a school bus ended up in the Westdene lake, killing 42 pupils. You never forget. Again sincere condolences to all.

  • pvuuren - 2011-08-25 07:34

    "The bus started rolling BACK after the brakes apparently failed. ". Problem no1: if the bus rolled BACK into the river, why is it's rear not in the water. Problem no2: if brakes fail on a heavy-vehicle the wheels won't turn, seeing that this bus is large enough to have a air-brake system, this type of brake system uses air-pressure of at least 7.5 atmospheres to release the brakes, freeing up the wheels, as soon as the brake-pedal is depressed, air-pressure is dumped from the system and the brakes do their Job! Witch leads me to believe, that this bus was traveling too fast for the narrow road it was on, blood-alcohol level should also be investigated, the school is at fault for allowing overloading, the bus operator company is evidently guilty of allowing wreckless driving, and inexperienced drivers.

      Face - 2011-08-25 07:40

      Which! (Witch)

      Carmaine Harrison - 2011-08-25 13:57

      He was not speeding. The bus had STOPPED to collect a passenger. when he released the brake to move on, the bus rolled back, off the edge and rolled at least once. That is why so many were injured.

  • Noziwawa - 2011-08-25 07:34

    6 Years ago today we lost innocent soul in Kloofnek bus accident and today a YEAR A go we lost kids in a taxi and train accident. I feel sorry for these families. May God give them strength in this trying time. May their innocent soul rest in peace. Death be no proud

  • Cynic - 2011-08-25 07:50

    8 - TA Komosa facts are facts and lily white or not you dudes still don't have the capability of properly governing a people

      Komasa - 2011-08-25 08:44

      Ok 'bra'.

  • Serame - 2011-08-25 07:56

    This is realy sad.the bus company should be investigated and their operating licence withdrawn with immdiate effect,clearly there is an overloading factor here..i'd like to aslo appeal to other parents that they need to scrutinize the authencity of drivers licences and roadworthyness of the transport our children use..I mean dis bus was designed to carry 33 and was subsequently carrying 56???didnt the principal of the school know abt this..and the local police???im very sad and angry..my sincere condolences to the affected families..but some heads have to roll for this..they are school children for God's sake..ystdy i even told my 8yr old son abt this and we kneeled down to pray for their souls to rest in peace.

      Xinobia - 2011-08-25 12:40

      You are clearly Christian if you prayed for their souls. Why use God's name the way you do? Not nice

  • ginny.rawstorne - 2011-08-25 08:04

    Terribly sad.. to those who have lost I pray for your peace and strength i the coming days and later. to those who have been affected via extended family friends, schooling, teaching, sports I pray for you all too. May our everlasting God comfort you through your tears and make a way for you to find inner strength. V.G.

  • garco - 2011-08-25 08:05

    This is the ownere of the bus's fault. He knew how nmany kids the bus can take as well as how many kids needs to get picked up, but it is greed. He gets paid enough for 2 trips but wants to save and made 1 trip. It has been going on for a while and something had to happen. get the owner of the bus and put him away. Let him/her answer. Condolences to the families.

  • BumpLady - 2011-08-25 08:12

    I cannot imagine the pain felt by the parents. RIP little angels.

  • pokum - 2011-08-25 08:22

    this is not about the buses your own anger or opinions. this is about the families who lost their children, who have to accept that the dreams that they had for them have faded into nothingness. To those who have lost their children in this accident, My deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Our prayers are with you.

      Serame - 2011-08-25 16:48

      hey Pakum,,i undstnd where u cmng frm but if it wasnt abt the bus..then this tragedy wudnt hav occured..sum1 has to account..innocent little souls cant go in-vain....This happens all the time and it must stop..The JubJub's of this world must be dealt with accrdngly..Sorry sis..but i repeat that im angry at the ignorance and negligence of sum pupil.//

  • anonymous - 2011-08-25 08:24

    I AM AMAZED AT THE ATTENTION THAT THIS STORY GETS..... MAYBE PEOPLE SHOULD LOOK AT THESE PICS http://t.co/e7iabq6 However, my Condolences to all the families and friends of the kids. Its really sad for something so unnecessary to happen, especially due to ignorance

      DW - 2011-08-25 09:00

      Shocking pictures, true. Gaza is a war zone and there is wrong and right on both sides. This does not, however, detract from the horror of the bus crash which is not in a war zone and should never have happened. Your comments do not belong on this forum.

      Serame - 2011-08-26 07:46

      u are silly and insensitive....and point of correction..its not just a story itsa tragedy and it is getting all the attention it deserves..grow up

  • Victor - 2011-08-25 08:27

    Sjoe, dit is onbeskryflik hartseer om te lees vanoggend! Geen ouer behoort deur so iets te gaan nie. My hart en gebede gaan uit aan elke persoon wat deur hierdie tragedie geraak is. Wat ek net nie kan verstaan nie, is hoekom moet die rasse kaart altyd uitgegooi word, hoekom kan ons as mens nie net bietjie saam staan nie! Daar is soveel hartseer dinge in die gebeur in ons pragtige land! Rechelle

  • AZB - 2011-08-25 08:33

    This is so horrible! My condolences to the parents and families of the deceased children.

  • CyberDog - 2011-08-25 08:38

    What was even more painfully obvious, besides the overloaded bus, is the state of the road. Why was there no emergency banners on that road. We are paying through our arses in taxes for roads, as well as toll fees for the roads, yet they are still not properly maintained. How can you have a road over a bridge without banners. This is pure negligence from the government, and they should be sued. It is time for accountability.

      CyberDog - 2011-08-25 08:39

      banners = barriers

  • Dav - 2011-08-25 08:41

    @Komasa. You just could not help your self could you. In this sad time for everyone, those involved or not, you just had to turn it into another political slinging match. You need to go stick your head in a toilet and flush it. Your remark is totally out of place and un called for. Shame on you.

  • hannelie gerber - 2011-08-25 08:43

    I agree with many of the above comments regarding the state of the bus, the overloading, the fact that the road isn't safe etc... but at the end of the day the biggest disaster here is the fact that 14 Kids died! These were all innocent souls who had a life that they still had to live, they were loved and treasured by their parents, family and friends and died unnecessarily and very tragically. I have a daughter and cannot even begin to imagine what these parents must be going through right now, the heartbreaking pain that they must be feeling. I hope that these parents will find a little bit of peace at some point and learn to live without these little angels. I cannot express how sad this is and how much I feel for these parents, now is the time to grieve and leave the fighting about who is at fault for later..... To the parents, you are in our hearts and thoughts To all 14 of those little ones, may you all rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten!

  • dribble - 2011-08-25 08:44

    i cant imagine what it must be like to suffer this kind of pain, i have 2 kids and i think this would destroy me. just one question though and please excuse me if this seems a duumb question ( i am not a very bright person) but how does a bus rolling backwards down a hill end up face first in a river?????

  • Propjockey - 2011-08-25 08:48

    In the comments about the recent double-plane crash, the stream turned to the excessive attention the story was getting - and it also became a racial issue. This is the last thing we should do. Each incident of this magnitude remains a National (Regional) Legislation problem and deserves attention (not lip service) at the respective level. Rules MUST be enforced, and civil dissobedience halted. Those aircraft should not have taken off, and this bus (and many like it) should not have been overloaded and should have been inspected for roadworthyness like aircraft are. The driver of people-carrying devices are especially licenced to do so - there is a subtle similarity between Taxis, Busses, and Jumbo Jets. Then their respective operating restrictions, load, speed, route, altitude, etc. Point is : Lets not become a LOST STATE in that rules and regulations are not volutarly followed and/or enforced.

  • Propjockey - 2011-08-25 08:59

    Oops ... "Then their respective operating restrictions, load, speed, route, altitude, etc." are strictly documented and followed or enforced as the case may be.

  • Lyzelle Scheepers - 2011-08-25 09:16

    Hoeveel meer onskuldige kinders en passasiers in busse en taxi's moet doodgaan in die padslagting voordat IEMAND wakker word. Hierdie is 'n sinnelose tragedie - my hart bloei vir al die ouers!

  • Bevin - 2011-08-25 09:57

    so so sorry to the parents for ur loss, thoughts are with u all

  • Bevin - 2011-08-25 09:58

    my thoughts and prayers are with all the grieving parents, may god be with u all in a time like this , so so sorry

  • KTinka - 2011-08-25 10:07

    Tragic circumstances to loose your children in. My heart goes out to the mothers and families involved.

  • Lynn - 2011-08-25 10:26

    There is no barrier there on either side i looked at the picks closely! My heart is with all the families and also with those young children who servived as this scar will be with them for a long time. Just like the people who servived Wesdene.

  • Lynn - 2011-08-25 10:38

    @Komasa: I really do feel sorry for you for a couple of simple reasons: 1. you still hang on to rasism 2. you as a person or DOG should get over yourself as kids are more important than your snotty comments 3. clearly you give a S*$t about people so you muat be very lonely Any one with even half a heart feels sorry for the parents and no matter what race you are this is a tragedy and extremely sad this accident has got nothing to do with lilly whites or any other colour so please get a life or stay off this forum. Thank you

  • Simangele - 2011-08-25 10:56

    One is shocking, three is devastating

  • Noni - 2011-08-25 11:07

    Oh Lord, i can't begin to think when these kids tried to climb out of the bus, seeing themselves drowning in the river helplessly, this brings tears in my eyes, brings so much pain I AM A PARENT OF 2 KIDS, I can only imagine how the parents of involved kids feel. This is terrible. B Damane, Cape Town