Lesufi: Bronkhorstspruit taxi crash victims did not die in vain

The Gauteng Education MEC was speaking at the memorial service for the pupils in Sakhulumi Village in Gauteng on Wednesday.

Several school children were killed when their taxi collided with a truck on the Groblersdal Road near Bronkhorstspruit. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has assured parents and relatives of the 18 pupils who died in the Bronkhorstspruit taxi crash that their deaths are not in vain.

Lesufi says 21 April was a dark Friday.

Twenty people died when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck and burst into flames.

The MEC was speaking at a memorial service for the pupils in Sakhulumi Village in Gauteng on Wednesday.

Lesufi says the impoverished families in the rural areas of both Gauteng and Mpumalanga should use scholar transport money for other needs, while government takes care of getting children to school safely.

In response to the complaints from community members, including members of the royal family, expressed on the major accidents that happen on the R25, Lesufi promised to ensure that the road is refurbished by the year 2018.

The MEC also thanked the many individuals and organisations across the country for the monetary and otherwise support that they have shown to the bereaved families.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)