School trips banned in KwaZulu-Natal

2012-09-17 07:16

Durban - School trips have been banned in KwaZulu-Natal following a spate of accidents involving schoolchildren, the Mercury newspaper reported on Monday.

Provincial education MEC Senzo Mchunu made the announcement on Sunday while addressing grieving families of 10 schoolchildren killed in Bergville on Saturday night.

The 10 pupils - all aged under 13 and from the Okhombe Primary School - died when their taxi collided with a cow and then plunged into a river below.

The newspaper reported that the bridge railing had been vandalised by metal thieves.

  • claassenmarius - 2012-09-17 07:23

    ban taxis instead of school trips. Another shining example of how the government tackles a problem by trying to reduce the effects rather than source.

      julian.booyens - 2012-09-17 07:54

      I agree, It is sad for the loss of small lives but it could have been avoided. Schools should only hire drivers with a valid PDP licence and not your average taxi driver who has no respect for the roads let alone his passengers. This is another way the government is taking away the education from the children by banning these school trips.

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-17 08:39

      Julian.booysens,I agree 110% But it seems the vehicles

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-17 14:32

      Typical pathetic knee jerk reaction from our government.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-17 07:24

    Oh no, don’t stop farm animals from roaming freely everywhere, don’t stop taxis from stopping dead in the middle of the road, don’t stop metal thief’s, oh no, ban school trips. TIPICAL!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-17 09:47

      That because its the easy "solution" and does to require any responsible intervention by the government.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-09-17 07:41

    If you want to drive over a bridge that is dangerous, take the Loskop turnoff on the Winterton Escourt road. The guard rails are broken, one car already landed in the river 30metres below the bridge. Its the main access road to the Clinic & Schools. Eish

      ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-09-17 09:24

      People should try to keep ON the road, that's why there are speed limits

  • - 2012-09-17 08:05

    Typical .. ban educational and cultural trips for children .. and leave the incompetent bus drivers to continue their jobs .. amazing logic ..

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-17 08:35

      Mind-boggling he?

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-17 08:06

    My heart bleeds for the kids but stopping school trips does not solve the problem as the kids still commute to school every day by taxi. Why is the Government so scared to address the taxi issue to the point where the Taxis no longer get traffic fines despite the Government denying this. I refer to an article in News 24 by an undisclosed informant within the traffic department saying that they were instructed not to pull over taxis. See how many accidents we have on our roads then discard the ones that do not involve taxis and see what remains. School trips are supposed to be educational but rather stop the education than deal with the Taxis issue. Soon going to school will be banned.

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-17 08:34

      Taxi Drivers

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-17 08:08

    banning school trips is only depriving our young fellows of their happy outings they love so much.the solution to this problem is definately not banning school trips

      sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-17 08:28

      Put up a proposal as a solution

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-09-17 08:14

    A wise decision. Limpopo took the same stance a couple of years ago and this resulted in a 100% decrease in school trip related deaths for that period.

      mike.mcc.71 - 2012-09-17 08:50

      I sincerely hope you are being sarcastic, otherwise the sheer awesomeness of that logic is amazing, obviously if you ban school outing there will be a 100% decrease in school outing deaths. The questions should be whether or not the causes of the accidents were addressed properly? How has this affected the overall quality of the childrens' education? Have the total number of child deaths been reduced? Applying a blanket ban on trips is a feeble attempt at managing the situation, akin to saying oxygen is causing people to age so they should stop breathing.

  • dylan.mugabe - 2012-09-17 08:23

    But more importantly give the mayors back their blue lights. That's what really matters here. They can't miss the 10am buffets. Nothing worse than a cold muffin.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-09-17 08:32

    A briliant idea just crossed my mind. Why don't we give the taxis blue lights?

  • odette.r.swift - 2012-09-17 08:45

    This is just ridiculous!!! There are thousands of safe commutes undertaken daily by pupils all over the country and because of a few accidents (yes, even tragic ones)we now have to hugely disadvantage pupils in KZN???? Come on! What about sports fixtures and league games? What about support for underprivileged schools where pupils travel to supoprt their less fortunate peers. If there is one plane crash does flying get banned? WAKE up Senzo!!!

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-09-17 09:21

    Why not ban using the roads altogether?

  • thomas.rikhotso.7 - 2012-09-17 09:24

    Is da school trip caused this accident? If not why are we puniching childrens by baning their trips. You can't enjoy school without trips. MEC must think twice. PAPAMFIHLO

  • thomas.rikhotso.7 - 2012-09-17 09:26

    Is da school trip caused this accident? If not why are we puniching childrens by baning their trips. You can't enjoy school without trips. MEC must think twice. PAPAMFIHLO

  • Badger - 2012-09-17 09:30

    Good One, let the kids suffer cause of a Taxi Driver who was more than likely speeding, over taking on a blind rise, chatting to his mate on the cell phone and doing all of this with a vice grip as a steering wheel.

  • thomas.rikhotso.7 - 2012-09-17 09:46

    Is the cow,bridge railling wich vandalised by metal thieves or school trip caused the accident? MEC Senzo Mchunu must blame cow or metal thieves not to ban trips. How can you enjoy school without trips? Mr Mchunu,think twice for the sake of the school result. PAPAMFIHLO

  • bob.robertson.3363 - 2012-09-17 11:34

    According to a statement on SAFM this morning, Senzo Mchunu said school trips for school children have been SUSPENDED, not banned. He added that such trips will first have to be pre-registered with appropriate authorities, outlining the method of transport to be used. We certainly need to do something drastic to save the lives of our children, and indeed all who travel by road, and I believe this latest proposal makes sense. Let's hope it worka!

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-09-17 14:23

    and people are still drowning in the sea. Close all beaches! This is a knee-jerk reaction from a jerk! This country is going backwards, fast! What happened to commonsense?

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-17 18:44

      But we'll keep on voting for the same old tired bunch of unemployable morons...

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-09-17 22:10

    What a good idea. Tell the MEC for education immediately. I have figured out a way of getting the matric failure rate to zero!!!

  • hennie.deruyter - 2012-09-18 07:54

    Until road accidents are investigated in a similar way than air accidents we.are doomed to repeat the same mistakes and have people dying from them. In this case the driver might not have exceeded the speed limit but was still going too fast. Are we also banning kids going to school now or are those trips still 'safe'?

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