8th child dies after KZN bakkie crash

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Siso Naile, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - Another pupil has died of her injuries following a fatal bakkie crash last month.

The death of Grade 7 pupil Nonzuzo Zuma, 11, of Fezokuhle Primary School, brings to eight the number of children who died as a result of the 28 January crash.

Nonzuzo had been in a coma at Edendale Hospital when she died on Monday after fighting for her life for over three weeks.

She had spent some time at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban before being transferred back to Edendale Hospital.

Nonzuzo’s father, Sipho Zuma, said the family had been hopeful that Nonzuzo would recover as she had started responding in ICU.

Fractured skull

“She fractured her skull and suffered severe brain injuries during that tragic incident. She had swelling on her brain and blood had to be drained from her brain internally,” he said.

Nonzuzo’s traumatised step-mother, Nomfundo Dlamini, was so overcome with grief that she could not speak when the couple were interviewed by The Witness. She let Zuma respond to every question asked about Nonzuzo.

Zuma added that his daughter was operated on three times at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and returned to Edendale Hospital on Saturday.

“We went to visit her the same day and on Sunday, and her condition had improved because she could hear our voices and move her hands,” said Zuma

On Monday, the family received a call from the hospital claiming Nonzuzo’s condition had taken a turn for the worse.

“Immediately we went and visited her and we found her in a very critical condition. After we had just left, the hospital called again to tell us she had passed on,” he said.

Hyper-active child

Zuma described Nonzuzo as a hyper-active child who enjoyed participating in field events and enjoyed spending time with her grandmother.

“Most of the time she spent with her granny who is very traumatised since we broke the news to her,” he said.

Fezokuhle Primary School principal Bhekane Nkwayana told The Witness the Zuma family had informed them about Nonzuzo’s passing on Tuesday.

He said, “It’s saddening to hear that another pupil has died from that bakkie incident. We will never stop grieving because these pupils are dying one by one in hospital, but we still put our faith in God.”

Zuma said the family will be visited by government officials this week and the funeral will be held on Saturday.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu on Tuesday observed a moment of silence for the seven pupils who died in the Imbali bakkie crash at the Royal Showgrounds during the Back to Basics programme.

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