Three grade 12s matriculants from Rethusegile Secondary school in Lethabong Village near Rustenburg, South Africa lost their lives in a fatal taxi accident after celebrating their graduation.
According to the provincial department, the 3 pupils were with fourteen other passengers in the taxi that was reportedly transporting them from a resort near Brits back to Lethabong after attending a post-graduation party.
Confirming the sad news on Sunday December 13, North West education spokesperson Elias Malindi, said the incident happened on R511 road, Friday after their taxi overturned along the R511 road.
The 3 victims, Isaac Nkosi, 18, Tshepiso Moagi, 20, and Amogelang Diphoko, 20, were pronounced dead on the scene. The remaining 7 were discharged from the hospital while 4 others are still at the hospital receiving medical attention.
“Four learners are still in hospital receiving medical attention whereas seven of them have been discharged,” Malindi said.
North West MEC of education, Ms Wendy Matsemela, who visited the family of the deceased students and sent the condolences on behalf of the department said;
“They spent 13 years in our schools and we never anticipated to part ways with them in this manner. Currently we have established a team which will investigate the trip. We have another team that will work with the families to organize the preparations for the funeral.”