School principal killed in bus crash

2012-07-21 16:09

Johannesburg - The school principal of Cradock Primary School was among the 18 killed when a bus and minibus collided on the R61 between Cradock and Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, Arrive Alive said.

At least two school children were also killed in the incident.

"The principal was actually driving the minibus when the crash occurred," said Arrive Alive spokesperson Tshepo Machaea.

Fourteen people were seriously injured in the crash. They have all been transported to hospitals in the area.

The minibus was carrying schoolchildren to an event in Graaf-Reinet when it collided with a bus carrying passengers from Cape Town to Mthatha.

"The accident was a head-on collision," said Machaea.

Its still unclear what led to the crash.

Transport department spokesman Ncebo Kumbaca said the deputy minister Sindisiwe Chikunga and Eastern Cape transport MEC Thandiswa Marawu were expected to visit the injured soon.

  • Henk - 2012-07-21 16:14

    I will bet the Taxi driver was at fault again!!!

      infijar.ken - 2012-07-21 16:31

      Where was the taxi?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-21 16:44

      Henk, climb off your high horse and read the report. there was a minibus driven by the school principal and a bus. No taxi ...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-21 16:47

      Time to ban these taxis from our roads, how many millions will these arrogant prickkks kill

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-07-21 16:55

      There was NO taxi. It was a bus and a minibus. You meant to say:"I will bet the Bus driver was at fault again!!!"

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-21 17:51

      OK don't ban them and continue to die you stupid sheeple

      Squeegee - 2012-07-21 18:19

      Try reading again. It was a school BUS and a minibus - will turn out to be a taxi.

      Squeegee - 2012-07-21 18:21

      This taxi driver killed more people than the Denver shooter. Lax taxi laws? Taxi licenses to easy to get? Unlicensed taxi?

      tolene - 2012-07-21 20:07

      As a local in the area we all know it was a Schoolbus that was hit by a minibus taxi . The minibus taci overtook on a blindrise and hit the schoolbus headon!!!! News24 needs to\r\nCORRECT this article IMMEDIATELY.. Alot of lives were lost today, with 13 of those from the taxi!!! Who have no choice but to use this mode of transport, the government needs to ensure safer transport for their people. Look at the devastation this taxi driver caused, how many families lives have changed forever. A life lost is tragic be it a child, or an adult but when caused by a wreckless driver who has no regard for anything\r\nMaking a buck it hurts that much more!!!

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-24 16:07


  • nthabiseng.monareng - 2012-07-21 16:29

    Rip, how sad

  • vicusp - 2012-07-21 16:42

    very tragic but what happened to asking witnesses? The taxi overtook on a blindrise which led to the accident

      brian.wakeham.39 - 2012-07-21 18:03

      NO TAXI!!!!! read the article!

  • alexisamanda.cloete - 2012-07-21 17:05

    How very, very sad!

  • fanie.vandermerwe - 2012-07-21 17:12

    The Headmaster of Cradock Primary School was the driver of the Schoolbus. They were on their way to Graaff-Reinet for a sportmeeting when a Taxi took over another vechile on a dubbleline an hit the schoolbus head on.

      avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-24 16:08

      Too Sad...

  • tsndou - 2012-07-21 17:17

    since when a school principal is a taxi driver? dont just assume that every mini bus is a taxi.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-21 17:51

      Highly likely it's a taxi they way those priiicks drive.

      tolene - 2012-07-22 09:53

      Tsndou it is exactly the case. Taxi vs schoolbus. Please keep in mind that any teacher driving any schoolbus or schoolminibus (16 seater taxi size) will do so with caution and would NEVER overtake illegally or in such a way as to endanger their passengers. Taxi drivers on the other hand do everythig illegally when it comes to driving. I get mad not only because of the way they drive/act endangering the lives if other roadusers but also because EVERY occupant in that taxi HAS NO OTHER transport choice thanks to our government removing trains. The people taking taxis are at risk all the time and so are their children, squashed into the vehicle going well over the speed limit, illegal overtaking. You can say what you want but nearly every major accident involves a taxi - coincidence?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-22 10:36

      In the rural schools it is entirely possible that the principal would be driving a school bus. I am just trying to figure out whether the school bus is a minibus or whether it was a bigger vehicle and the minibus one of those converted Toyota type buses perhaps. Isn't it time that Toyota recalled all those panel vans they converted into minibuses to prevent further tragic losses of this nature. Having read what appears to be better informed posters who were from that area have had to say on here I feel more confused than ever. Condolences too all those families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy regardless of their age.

  • johan.dejager.315 - 2012-07-21 17:28

    The principle was actually driving the bus and not the minibus taxi. So could someone please get news 24 to correct the report. Cradock resident

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-07-21 18:00

    My thoughts go out to the families of the deceased.

  • wally.williams.148 - 2012-07-21 18:06

    OK, I did some reading here and elsewhere. Firstly, I do not understand how the Traffic Dept spokesperson could not confirm whether it was head-on or a side-swipe! Goodness, any imbicile looking at the picture of the BUS will know that it was head-on and the impact seriously ferocious. Then, as for the reports it is clear that the children were traveling in the BUS - a Mercedes-Benz bus driven by the principal - between Cradock and Graaf-Reinett, while the "minibus" was then the other vehicle involved. The "other" vehicle was conveying passengers from Cape Town towards Mthatha - thus reasonable to assume/understand it to have been a "taxi". I also cannot understand how on earth it can be reported that the minibus passed the BUS or that the Principal was driving the minibus when at the same time he was said to have been driving the schoolbus - read BUS. No matter all of this, just thought the record needs to be set straight to some small extent, but it is sad and may the real reason for the accident be disclosed and bring the authorities into action to take care of the violations and road conditions out there. My condolences to all who lost a family member and best wishes to those injured and their families.

      tolene - 2012-07-21 20:01

      Thanks Wally, you are right a terribly inacurate report and the fact that the transport person can confirm the cause of the accident... Simple. Wreckless taxi driver overtaking on a blind corner and from the view of the taxi, at one heck\r\nOf a speed. School bus vs taxi, News24 you really need to get your reporting correct.\r\nThe local newspaper was there and reported instantly on their facebook page for family and old scholars to get the correct info that other papers cant get right.\r\nAnd to the transport minister..... Get your sh@

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-22 10:50

      Thank you Wally - that does make things a lot clearer. Either way my thoughts are with all the families of the victims of this terrible accident. The school has lost their principal and some pupils which is terribly traumatic for a rural school and one hopes that the pupils will be counselled and guided through what is going to be a very difficult time by wise heads and caring people. Likewise may the survivors (if any of the taxi and their families also receive all the help they need in the forseeable future. I grieve for their families who have no other option but to use these lawless taxis. I become panic stricken when my African family are forced to use these death traps on wheels due to the shocking lack of decent public transport in the form of trains and buses which are properly maintained. Many of these taxis are only fit to be used as jikeleza's in the African suburbs and should never be allowed on the national roads since the drivers are not sufficiently trained to be carrying people long distances.

  • Andre - 2012-07-21 20:17

    Did this principal have the required licence to transport a bus full of people?

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-07-21 22:36

      I am sure he would have. Most teachers, if they transport teams, must have their PDP.

      esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-07-22 09:10

      I would rather ask that question about the taxi driver

      tolene - 2012-07-22 09:43

      Of course he had, as regular drivers of long distance school trips all teachers have the necessary licence. Having seen an image of the accident the solid line was clearly visible, the school seemed to have tried to avoid the taxi. Teachers care for their children and passengers it is lives and other peoples loved ones, taxi drivers DONT!!! They care for the buck they gonna make.

  • richard.young.1253236 - 2012-07-22 09:26

    This article does not make sense. If the principal of the school was driving the minibus, why was he not driving the school bus? I think there were two minibuses, one a taxi and the other a school bus. The taxi minibus driven by a taxi driver overtook another vehicle on a blind rise and collided head on with the school minibus driven by the school principal, killing him and another two of his passengers. The driver and all the passengers of the taxi minibus appear to have been killed. If not, what is the correct story? In any case it's tragic.

  • aletl - 2012-07-22 10:41

    This is a malicious lie. I have a photograph proving the school children were in the bus, not the minibus. I don't know where this idiot got his/her information, but it is wrong.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-07-22 11:25

    As much as that road is stretchy and well maintained but is very dangerous because (1)People always drive more than speed limits (2) disregard the solid line as it is scarce (3) Its very windy there

  • neilvertue - 2012-07-22 11:54

    The report is wrong! It was a school bus and mini-bus taxi that collided. The headmaster was actually driving the school bus (saw pictures somewhere else). Pity this article gets it so wrong.

  • Chris - 2012-07-22 12:13

    An organization like Arrive Alive getting their facts wrong - the Bus was carrying the kids! Incompetence!!

  • ilse.riley - 2012-07-22 13:58

    News24 PLEASE get your facts straight before you publish!

  • dutoitadelien - 2012-07-22 14:29

    The article has it all wrong. The principal and the schoolkids were driving in the schoolbus. The minibus taxi was transporting passengers from Cape Town to Mthata and tried to overtake another taxi and crashed head-on into the schoolbus.

  • zeno.calbaster - 2012-07-22 15:58

    oh my goodness how deurmekaar....the schoolbus was hit by a taxi which overtake another car on a blind spot and then the taxe hit the schoolbus...that is the true scenario

  • zeno.calbaster - 2012-07-22 16:01

    4 a bus to look that bad, the taxi must have done quite a speed, wonder why the media is covering up for the taxi because they mentioned in most news.... 2 busses colided

  • monique.vorstercoetzee - 2012-07-23 16:07

    The only people who can stop this carnage on our rodes,especially where taxi's are involved, is the taxi users themselves. Apparently, from witnesses that survived the crash who was travelling in the taxi, the taxi driver was driving recklessly and irresponsible from the get go in Cape Town. It is then the responsibility of the passengers to refuse travelling with him any further and contacting the owner of the service,and ask their money back. No matter of policing is going to stop them from behaving like this if it is only done on some stretches of roads,they will only then continue on this way when there is no cops in sight. The taxi users has the power in their hands to stop this.All my condolences to all the people involved!

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