Pupils injured in taxi accident

2011-05-27 17:34

Johannesburg - Four pupils have been critically injured in an accident in Ebony Park, Midrand, Netcare 911 said on Friday.

Spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said the four, aged between 12 and 14, were thrown out of their vehicle when it overturned after being hit by a taxi.

One of the children had to be airlifted to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The others were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Wicks said a pedestrian was injured when the vehicle hit him as it was rolling. He sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

  • Weeg - 2011-05-27 18:23

    Did he died?

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-27 19:09

    The SAPA reporter must be a first langauge English speaker, he/she referred to the critically injured as "pupils". Most South Africans have adopted the direct Afrikaans translation "learners". Fine in Afrikaans "Leerlinge", but when the medium of English is used and refer to school children, I find it jarring in the extreme. I hear it several times a day on SAFM and on SABCTV and even ETV. Having said that, I am very sorry to hear of the trauma and injuries have endured.

      JewelZA - 2011-05-28 11:28

      Actually it was the ANC who decided on the term shortly after '94. They felt that learners more accurately described what was happening (people learning instead of passive recipients) and they also felt that pupils would create in the mind the idea of children, which they also did not like. So all references to pupils were removed and replaced with learners. This was part of the grand plan to transform education at the time :)

      amos - 2011-05-28 17:18

      The word "pupil" is correctly used. This is an ENGLISH forum and who cares what the Afrikaans, Zulu, Xosa,or any other language equivalent is.

  • WarPig - 2011-05-28 20:29

    I for one will never pay my outstanding raffic fines entil the regime sorts out the thugs and terrorists that are called "taxi drivers". The Metro cops. aka big girls in blue should get off their a%ses from behind speed cameras and rid our roads of these criminals.

  • Ludakris - 2011-05-29 11:03

    More carnage! Unreal. BTW ... thank goodness "Patricia" .... is not here (yet) spamming her driving school website!

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