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Wits flags to fly half-mast in honour of Limpopo accident victims

Adam Habib says the university is in mourning after a taxi accident claimed the lives of seven students.

Wits Vice Chancellor says the university's flags will fly half-mast, a show of mourning over what he has described as a tragedy. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib says the university is in mourning and will fly flags at half-mast for t he seven students who were killed, along with two other people, in a taxi crash outside Mokopane.

A team of Wits representatives has already arrived in the province and is visiting a local police station to get more information on the crash.

The taxi the students were travelling in slammed into the trailer of an overturned truck on the N1 highway last night, near the NYL Toll Plaza.

Habib says he will offer help to the affected families and visit six more surviving students in hospital.

"I can only imagine what their families are going through. It's really the most tearing incident that we have across in a long period at Wits University. To lose seven young people at the prime of their lives all in a single incident is a real tragedy."

The vice chancellor says among those killed were two engineering students, an education student and another studying towards a degree in actuarial science.

The Limpopo transport department's Kagiso Mootane has a strong message for road users still making their way back home after the long weekend.

"Be more patient with each other, work hand-in-hand with our traffic officers so that we avoid fatal accidents like this one."

Habib is said to be on his way to Limpopo, where a team of Wits representatives has already arrived in the province and is visiting a local police station to get more information on the crash.

The representatives will also visit the Mokopane and Voortrekker hospitals where the six wits students are being treated.

Meanwhile, Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says many of the students' families have not yet been informed of the tragedy.

"The university extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those who passed away during this especially difficult period. Our team on the ground is there to make sure that they can pass on the details of friends, family and next of kin to the police and anyone who requires it."

The Department of Higher Education and the Wits Student Representative Council has also sent it's condolences to the families.

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