12 learners and transport driver die in horror crash in Gauteng

Twelve learners died at the scene. File Picture

Twelve learners died at the scene. File Picture

Published Jul 10, 2024


A horror crash claiming the lives of 12 learners and their transport driver on Wednesday morning has sent shock waves through Gauteng.

The learners, 11 from Rocklands Primary School and one from Laerskool Blyvooruitsig in Carletonville were in the collision.

The MEC for Education, Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Matome Chiloane expressed shock on hearing about this incident.

Seven other learners are receiving urgent medical treatment.

“Earlier this morning, the Department received a distressing report from officials indicating that a private scholar transport minibus was involved in a tragic accident in the Kokosi-Wedela area in Merafong, claiming the lives of the 12 learners and their driver.

“Additionally, seven other learners have been rushed to a medical facility for urgent medical attention.

“It is alleged that the learner transport was hit from behind by a bakkie, causing it to overturn and subsequently catch fire. This horrific accident is alleged to have occurred around 6.45am. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this horrific incident,” Chiloane said.

The Department of Education has already dispatched its psycho-social support team to the schools to provide immediate support and to work closely with the schools and affected families.

Counselling services will be made available to all learners and staff members to help them cope with the emotional aftermath of the tragedy.

“I am profoundly saddened by this tragic event. The loss of our children is a devastating blow to our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and injured learners. We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and both schooling communities during this incredibly difficult time. We also wish all injured learners a speedy recovery,” Chiloane said.

The MEC will be visiting the accident scene and both schools on Wednesday.