GAUTENG Education MEC Matome Chiloane is saddened to have learnt about an accident in Azaadville, West Rand.
On Thursday, 24 November, a private scholar transport with primary and secondary school pupils was involved in an accident.
Education spokesman Steve Mabona said according to official reports, the incident occurred in the morning, and pupils from Dr Yusuf Dadoo Primary and Ahmed Timol Secondary schools were on-board.
“Reports also state that a nine-year-old grade 3 boy from Dr Yusuf Dadoo suffered severe injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Unfortunately, he died while receiving medical attention,” said Mabona.
He added that two other pupils were in critical condition and currently being treated at a medical facility.
Mabona said it was unclear at this stage as to what caused the accident, and investigations were underway.
He added that the psychosocial unit would be deployed to the affected schools and families for trauma support and counselling.
“We are saddened by this unfortunate incident that claimed the life of one of our pupils. We wish to convey condolences to the family and school community. The department pleads with scholar transport drivers to exercise vigilance on our roads,” said Chiloane.