TWO of the five maidens who died in a taxi crash in Pomeroy last month were laid to rest on September 29. Thembeka Myeza (15) and Asanda Buthelezi (16) were among the maidens who were burnt beyond recognition during the crash and had to undergo DNA testing to identify their remains. The accident happened while the maidens were returning from the Siyaya eMhlangeni event in Pomeroy in August. Both maidens were pupils at Dundee Secondary School. Arts and Culture MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela thanked the various government departments that have been working with the families to offer various services during this ordeal. “Laying to rest Thembeka and Asanda has been a painful experience, especially after waiting for DNA tests. I hope that after putting them in their final resting place the families will finally get closure. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Myeza and Buthelezi families for their patience as we waited for the DNA results, I know the past month has been hard.” Mavimbela said the maidens are “flowers” and it saddens the department to have lost them in this tragic manner.Scores of people gathered in Pomeroy to pay their last respects to the maidens. Friends described Myeza and Buthelezi as girls who showed potential both in society and at school and they expected a lot from them. Mavimbela said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the six maidens still receiving treatment for burns at Greys Hospital and Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, we hope they recover soon.” The number of fatalities as a result of the crash is now seven, this number includes the driver of the taxi and his friend.