The Inkatha Freedom Party would like to extend its condolences to the families of the four scholars, three boys and a girl, who were killed when a bus and a taxi carrying school children collided head on at Ntuzuma‚ near KwaMashu‚ early this morning.
“It’s with a bruised heart and deep sorrow that I feel the pain of the families who have lost young children. Words alone cannot express my shock following this accident which, I am sure could have been avoided. We sympathise with the families that have lost their children on the first day of schooling for 2017 and wish those injured a speedy recovery. Road accidents continue to rob this country of its future leaders and bright minds.
It is unfortunate that as we start a new academic year in our province, we start it with such a tragedy. We question what has happened to the safe scholar transport that was promised by the provincial government when we raised our concerns about children being transported on the back of bakkies. Many promises were made at the time but our children continue to die on our roads while travelling to school. Safe, government subsidised scholar transport is not negotiable and must be made available to all scholars who need it,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa MPL.
“We also urge the law enforcement authorities to swiftly get to the bottom of the causes of this tragedy and the law must be firm on those found to have flouted any rules and regulations of the road, leading to such fatalities,” concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa MPL
IFP KZN Education Spokesperson
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