Lightning victim still in ICU

A pupil from KES who was struck by lightning is still recovering in a Johannesburg hospital.

Nine pupils were struck by lightning during cricket practice at the King Edward VII School. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A pupil from King Edward VII School (KES) who was struck by lightning is still recovering in the Netcare Milpark Hospital on Tuesday.

Nine first-team cricket players were admitted to the hospital last Tuesday after they were struck by lightning on the school's cricket pitch.

School officials said the KES boys were trying to cover the pitch after it begun to rain.

Hospital spokesperson Musthara Khan said one boy remained in a critical state in the trauma intensive care unit.

A parent of Johan Brooderyk, who was discharged at the weekend, said it had been a difficult time for his family.

"It's been very stressful for us as a family.

"We couldn't believe it happened to us, however, we've had unbelievable support."

Meanwhile, a Protea Glen pupil who was struck by lightning in Soweto died on Friday.

Bertha Ncube (16) was one of three girls who were struck by lightning while on their way home from school last Tuesday.

While Nokuthula Nkosi said her daughter, one of the survivors, was going through trauma counselling .

"It's going to be a process, but she is going to heal in time."