Bronkhorstspruit crash: ‘Death of 18 pupils a national loss’

MEC Panyaza Lesufi told mourners at the memorial for 18 learners who were killed in the Bronkhorstspruit taxi crash that 21 April marks a day of great heartache.

Teachers and learners from different schools arrived at the Sokhulumi Village to bid farewell to the 18 pupils who lost their lives in the Bronkhorstspruit minibus taxi crash. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has told mourners at the memorial for 18 schoolchildren who were killed in the Bronkhorstspruit minibus taxi crash that the death of the pupils is a national loss.

Lesufi says 21 April marks a day of great heartache.

The memorial was being held at the Sokhulumi Village on the border of Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

“We will remember you, our friends,” Refano Primary School pupils paid homage to their friends and school mates in song.

Lesufi says the death of the 20 should not be taken for granted.

“I want to stand here and say we must not allow death to be normal. It’s abnormal to lose 20 people at the same time, and to me, it’s a national disaster.”

Lesufi has pledged the support of his department and the Mpumalanga Education Department to the families even after the funerals.

On Saturday, the department attended the funeral of the driver involved in the accident.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)