4th learner dies in Hoërskool Driehoek disaster

A fourth Hoërskool Driehoek learner has died, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi confirmed on Sunday. In a tweet, Lesufi sent his condolences to the family and said they could count on the department's support.

Twenty learners remain in hospital after a bridge connecting two blocks of the school buildings collapsed on Friday morning.

Lesufi said the fourth child's condition worsened on Saturday and he was in and out of theatre on several occasions.

READ: Most victims of Höerskool Driehoek tragedy remain in hospital, some still critical

He said the school's leadership would visit the family on Sunday morning and that a funeral and memorial service would be arranged soon.

News24 reported that on Friday morning, a concrete slab above a corridor linking two blocks of buildings came crushing down on 26 learners.

The incident happened few minutes after 08:00, when learners were heading to their classrooms from the morning assembly.

Roydon Olckers, Jandré Steyn and Marli Currie lost their lives in the tragedy at the school on Friday. In total, 23 others were taken to various hospitals in the area.

More to follow.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nappies, they cost too much
6% - 155 votes
Formula and food, it's getting so expensive
18% - 456 votes
Creche and school fees are a struggle every month
75% - 1873 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.15
+0.1%
Rand - Pound
19.90
-0.7%
Rand - Euro
16.85
-0.4%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.26
-0.6%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.2%
Gold
1,822.54
+0.6%
Silver
21.60
+2.3%
Palladium
2,025.00
+4.0%
Platinum
946.50
+0.2%
Brent Crude
111.22
+3.4%
Top 40
62,496
+0.8%
All Share
69,212
+0.8%
Resource 10
71,854
+1.5%
Industrial 25
77,093
+0.1%
Financial 15
15,933
+1.2%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE