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Lightning victims recovering

Three Soweto and two KES pupils are recovering in hospital after being struck by lightning.

Lightning. Picture: stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - A Soweto girl, who was struck by lightning on Monday, has told Eyewitness News she feels lucky to be alive.

The girl has also wished her three friends a speedy recovery.

Lungile Nkosi from Protea Glen Secondary School and her friends were struck while walking home from school.

She got a cut on the chin, but was discharged from hospital with no major injuries.

Nkosi said her thoughts were with the other girl who is in a critical condition.

"I am just wishing that my friends would get better, even though I know it's going to be hard for them."

CREECY HAS FAITH IN KES TEACHERS

Meanwhile, The Gauteng Education Department said it does not believe staff at King Edward XVII School were negligent, shortly before this week's lightning strike.

The department said it will investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy said it was unlikely that the investigation will find fault with the school's conduct.

However, she also said her department has to find out if the school had taken the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of such an incident.

"We would want to give assurances to the parents, learners of the school and to the public at large, that the incident was handled in the best way it could have been handled."

Creecy said the investigation should be wrapped up by the end of the month.

Nine boys were struck by lightning while trying to place covers on the cricket pitch on Tuesday.

Six were discharged while two are in a critical condition.

One boy has been moved to the general ward.