Accident victims’ bodies to go home

2011-10-05 11:05

The Gauteng education department says it is working around the clock with Free State authorities to finalise the post mortems of victims of the horror accident that claimed the lives of nine people in Harrismith, Free State, on Monday.

Learners from Phumula primary school, south of Ekurhuleni, were en route to an educational tour to Durban when a truck reportedly hit the bus they were travelling in.

There were 42 learners and nine adults in the bus.

Charles Phahlane, Gauteng department of education spokesperson, said steps were in place to have the bodies of those killed in the accident moved closer to their families in Gauteng.

He said six ambulances ferried survivors of the accident to Gauteng’s Natalspruit and Charlotte Maxeke hospitals.

Phahlane said a memorial service for the deceased will take place on Thursday at the Leondale Community Hall on the East Rand and transport will be provided for community members.

Details of the funerals were expected to be announced during the service.

Phahlane said his department was still confirming the identities of the two unnamed learners.

He identified the deceased as the school’s deputy principal Moliehi Ramphisa and teachers, Nomathamsanqa Mkhawana, Pitso Meko and Mapoloko Motaung and five children.

In a similar accident last month, nine teachers were killed when a taxi and a bakkie collided outside Zeerust in the North West, prompting Sibusiso Ndebele, transport minister, to consider asking Cabinet to reduce the national speed limit from 120km/h to 100km/h.

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