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Wits students march in memory of N1 crash victims

The commemorative march is being led by the SRC and the Wits ZCC fellowship.

Wits students use banners and placards to express their sadness at the death of their peers. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits students are marching today to remember seven of their peers who were killed in a crash on the N1 in Limpopo.

The group, who were part of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), were traveling back from a church function last weekend when their taxi crashed into the trailer of a stationary truck.

Two other people, who weren't Wits students, were also killed in the accident.

Of the six others who were injured in the accident, four were taken to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for further medical attention.

Students and staff left the Wits University Education Campus in Parktown, making their way to the main campus in Braamfontein for the memorial.

The commemorative march is being led by the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the wits ZCC fellowship.

Students who are part of the religious body, who have joined the march, are still visibly shocked by the tragedy.

The identities of the seven killed in the crash are yet to be formally released.

LISTEN: Wits still shocked following the N1 taxi crash

WITS SRC DECLARES 10-DAY MOURNING PERIOD

The university's SRC has declared a 10-day mourning period for those killed in the crash.

Hundreds of staff and students gathered at the university's Great Hall following an earlier march to remember the victims of the accident.

Students and staff were encouraged to write messages in booklets, which were provided, to express their feelings as they grieve.

Those gathered at the Great Hall lit candles, sang hymns and presented flowers to members of the Wits ZCC fellowship.

The pillars of the Great Hall will be draped in black cloth to mark the mourning period.

Details of an official memorial service we be provided at a later stage, once the necessary permission is received from all affected families.