Durban freak accident: Pupil's body repatriated

2015-07-13 17:10
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WATCH: Teacher describes how pupil died

2015-07-09 15:40

Kabelo Maqache, Deputy Principal of Molapo High School in Leribe, Lesotho has described the incident to News24's Amanda Khoza who was at the scene in the Durban CBD. Watch.WATCH

Durban – The body of the Lesotho pupil who died in a freak accident in Durban last Thursday has been repatriated, said Lesotho's consul general on Monday.

Maphamotse Lepheana said 16-year-old Madiehe Letsoela’s parents arrived in South Africa on Sunday and were making their way back to Lesotho on Monday.

News24 reported that Letsoela, who was part of a group of 106 pupils from Molapo High School in Leribe, Lesotho, died tragically when his head hit a sign board on a street light pole situated in the narrow Dick King Street, which is off Anton Lembede Street [Smith Street] in Durban’s central business district.  

Deputy principal Kabelo Maqache told News24 that Letsoela had looked out of the window of the bus, hitting his head on the pole, and dying instantly.

The children, who arrived last Sunday, were on a week-long educational tour in Durban and were making their way back to Lesotho when the accident occurred.

“They took the deceased’s body today after we came back from the mortuary," said Lepheana, adding that she was "horrified" by what she had seen.

“No mother should have to see their child in that state. I am not okay after seeing him.”

Lepheana said she received a call last Thursday from the police informing her that an accident had happened.

“I immediately came back to the embassy and met with the police and the teachers who told me what happened.

“We arranged to go see him at the mortuary with the deputy principal.”

She said Letsoela’s father, Morena Letsoela, tried to be strong today.

“But you could see the heartache in his eyes. I am just glad that they have taken him back home and that we were able to assist them quickly,” said Lepheana.

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