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In an immensely tragic event, 12 students from Rocklands Primary School and Laerskool Blyvooruitsig in Carletonville, Gauteng, killed in a horrific school bus crash.

Details of the Carletonville School Bus Crash

The catastrophe unfolded on a Wednesday when a privately operated school transport mini-bus collided with a bakkie, leading to the bus overturning and catching fire.

Among the victims were 11 learners from Rocklands Primary School and one from Laerskool Blyvooruitsig, along with their driver. Seven other students sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital for urgent medical care.

Official Response

Education MEC Matome Chiloane expressed deep sorrow over the tragic incident, revealing that the department had received a “distressing report” regarding the accident. Chiloane mentioned that the police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the “horrific” crash, which occurred around 6:45 am.

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Steve Mabona, a department spokesperson, announced that Chiloane would visit the crash site and both affected schools on Wednesday afternoon to extend support and condolences to those impacted.

“Earlier this morning, the department received a distressing report from officials indicating that a private scholar transport mini-bus was involved in a tragic accident in the Kokosi-Wedela area in Merafong, claiming the lives of the 12 learners and their driver. It is alleged that the learner transport was hit from behind by a bakkie, causing it to overturn and subsequently catch fire. This horrific accident is alleged to have occurred around 6:45. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this horrific incident,” Steve Mabona said.

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An Outpouring of Grief and Empathy

The news of this devastating event has deeply moved South Africans, who have taken to social media to share their condolences and empathize with the bereaved families. Here are some of their heartfelt messages:

@Thabang94527261: One can just imagine what parents are going through, heartbreaking.

@RadebeXolisa: Oh, I know the area well. Let me call my mum…May everyone RIP. Eish, the pain of losing a child as a parent. Scary.

@SihleMurdo: So sad 😢 may God be with the families of these children.

@PMotswafrika: That’s a lot 😰😰😰😰 some transport drivers are reckless 🤬😠😡😤.

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