Two pupils crushed to death after truck reverses into primary school wall

2020-01-22 15:12
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A truck delivering food to Lekgolo Primary School crashed into a wall which then collapsed on two pupils on Wednesday, the Limpopo Education Department confirmed.

Education Department spokesperson Sam Makondo said two other pupils were seriously injured and rushed to Kgapane Hospital.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the pupils were identified as seven-year-old Sello Fortunate Mohale and five-year-old Rethabile Nakana.

He said the truck was believed to have been reversing before hitting the wall.

"The deceased and other learners were reportedly standing next to the wall when the trailer of a truck delivering food as part of the school feeding scheme crashed into it," he said.

According to his records, three pupils were injured.

"We have opened an inquest docket and will check on the whole circumstances surrounding the incident."

Provincial Education MEC Polly Boshielo said she was saddened by the news and was rushing to the scene.

"The department's psychosocial unit has been dispatched to start with the work of providing the necessary trauma counselling to learners, educators, support staff and the bereaved families," said Makondo.

Parliament's portfolio committee on Basic Education has released a statement urging authorities in Limpopo to assist the school.

The committee's chairperson Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba also called on all motorists to be cautious and drive with great care when entering our school premises and in all areas where children converge.

"This is indeed a sad moment. These learners left home this morning with the sole intention of learning. Their loved ones greeted them, expecting to see them later in the day. Now they will not have that opportunity. I feel their pain.

"I pray for the speedy and complete recovery of the injured learners. I urge the authorities in the province to assist the school," Mbinqo-Gigaba said. 

She said an inquest docket has been opened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo said her department had dispatched a psychosocial unit to start with the work of providing the necessary trauma counselling of learners, educators, support stuff and the bereaved families.

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