Smith visits KES

Proteas captain Graeme Smith visited KES following the recent lightning incident.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith visited KES following the recent lightning incident.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas captain Graeme Smith visited King Edward VII School (KES) on Wednesday morning to offer his support to nine pupils struck by lightning.

Smith, who is a former pupil, addressed the morning assembly.

In February, nine boys from the school's first team cricket were struck by lightning while trying to cover the pitch.

The pupils were then hospitalised.

Smith is set to meet one of the learners later on Wednesday, who is still recovering in rehab.

He said it was amazing to see the amount of support coming in for the boys.

"You can see the resilience of character in them already from the ordeal that they've been through. It's still a very emotional time for them. You can see how the school supported them."

In a separate incident, four Protea Glen Secondary School girls were also struck by lightning in February while on their way home from school.

One girl died as a result of her injuries.

According to the South African Weather Service, more than 260 people are killed by lightning in the country every year.