Siblings killed in taxi crash were going to school early to study

2016-02-19 07:23
Thelile Shezi, 16 and her brother Phumelele, 15, were killed when a taxi crashed into them while standing on the side of the road. (Picture supplied to News24)

Thelile Shezi, 16 and her brother Phumelele, 15, were killed when a taxi crashed into them while standing on the side of the road. (Picture supplied to News24)

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Durban - A brother and sister killed in a Durban minibus taxi crash on Wednesday morning had been on their way to school early for an extra studying session.

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Thelile Shezi, 16, and her brother Phumelele, 15, clad in their bright blue school uniforms, were crushed by an out-of-control minibus taxi which mounted the curb and slammed into them as they stood waiting for transport to school.

Another woman and a young boy were also killed, and several others were injured.

Umlazi Comtech High School principal Lucky Luthuli said the siblings' dedication to their studies spoke to their character.   

“Two of our best children died that day,” he said.

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Luthuli said two other pupils had been injured in the accident, one matric girl critically.

“It was a black day for our school.”

Luthuli said the Shezi siblings had been dedicated to learning. 

“They were a disciplined pair and they were not the first members of the family to come through our school. They really wanted to learn, and they had actually been coming to school early for an optional study session.

“They had their bags full of books and how they observed time tells you something,” Luthuli said.



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