Three pupils injured after primary school’s roof collapses

2015-09-22 11:58
Grade?6 teacher Xolani Mdlangathi stands next to the damaged roof at Hlwemini Primary School in Inanda.

Grade?6 teacher Xolani Mdlangathi stands next to the damaged roof at Hlwemini Primary School in Inanda. (Ian Carbutt)

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THREE pupils from a primary school had to be rushed to a nearby clinic when the school’s roof collapsed under strong winds.

Teachers at Hlwemini Primary School, nestled high in Inanda hills, found themselves rushing the children to the school hall when yesterday’s strong winds started lifting the corrugated roof strips and “cracking” the walls.

According to staff, the roof of the school is constantly at threat of blowing away whenever it is windy.

School principal Samkelisewe Mthembu said: “We managed to save the children, because we saw what was happening. The children were moved to the school hall. The three who were injured, were going to fetch chairs and desks for them to sit on, and that was when the roof fell on them.”

Grade 3 teacher Nondumiso Khumalo said: “It normally happens but we got worried when we saw cracks on the wall, and as the wind blew stronger, the roof kept going up. That was when we evacuated the children to the hall. Luckily nobody was badly injured.”

Only two classrooms were damaged but all the pupils were told to go home to avoid any further injuries.

Grade 4 teacher Thoko Ngubo said she is still “shocked” at what happened.

A parent of one of the injured children, Bongekile Mabaso, said she “rushed to the clinic” the moment she was informed by the school of her son, Sabelo (11), being injured.

“When I got [to the clinic] I was told that he will have to go for an X-ray, as he could not move his leg. Thankfully the doctors saw no serious injuries. His leg is just swollen and no bones where broken,” said Mabaso.

The KZN Department of Education told The Witness that it would send officials to “assess the damage made by the wind”.

Spokesperson Muzi Mahlangu said: “We need to follow the right procedure when dealing with this matter, and we will help with the damages.”

Private ambulance service ER24 reacted to the scene and took the children to a local clinic ,where it was confirmed that there were no serious injuries

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