Some lightning victims still in ICU

Three schoolchildren struck by lightning are in a critical condition in hospital.

Nine pupils were struck by lightning during cricket practice at the King Edward VII School.

JOHANNESBURG - Three schoolchildren who were struck by lightning in two separate incidents are still in a critical condition in hospital receiving high care.

On Monday four girls were struck by lightning while walking home from the Protea Glen Secondary School in Soweto.

A day later, nine King Edward School (KES) 1st team cricket players suffered the same fate.

One girl and two cricket players remain in the ICU, while another KES pupil remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Charles Phahlane said MEC Barbra Creecy visited the 16-year-old girl in Soweto on Wednesday.

"The MEC visited the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto last night. She interacted with the medical personnel that were looking after her."

Phahlane said six of the KES boys who were discharged shortly after the incident returned to school on Thursday.

"One of the boys is likely to be discharged today if doctors are happy with his recovery."