Cradock bus crash teachers discharged

Johannesburg - Two teachers injured in the Cradock bus crash have been discharged from hospital, while another and the deputy principal remain in hospital, The Herald online reported on Thursday.

Seventeen people, including children, died when a school bus for Cradock Primary School and a Mercedes Sprinter minibus crashed outside Cradock on Saturday.

Deputy principal Alfie Blume was recovering in Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth following reconstructive facial surgery, and art and natural sciences teacher Jacques de Meilon is in a stable condition in a Bloemfontein hospital following spinal surgery.

Teachers Ray-Jean Wright and Mariette Adams were discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for minor injuries.

Wright teaches technology, physical education and Afrikaans, while Adams teaches life orientation, English and economics.

"Without these teachers we are obviously severely understaffed,” said acting principal Marietjie Maree.
Two other teachers are already booked off for cancer treatment.

Headmaster Wimpie van der Merwe and 10-year-old pupil Stefanus Cornelius "SC” Ferreira were killed in the accident.

Meanwhile, Raymond Mhlaba High School in Tarkastad near Cradock was also mourning.

Grade 11 pupil Olwethu Sonanzi had been returning from holiday in the Sprinter when he died in the crash.

The education department is providing counselling for those involved.
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