UPDATE: 18 learners, two adults killed in minibus crash


Twenty people were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a truck on the Groblersdal Road just before Bronkhorstspruit on Friday afternoon.

Eighteen of those killed were learners from Mahlenga high school and Refano primary school.

The driver of the minibus and another adult were also killed.

According to reports, seven learners were rescued by emergency services shortly before the taxi burst into flames.

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In a statement issued by the department of education, MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the department was deeply saddened and shocked by the deaths of the 18 learners.

“Our learners, with a promising future, whose lives were cut short in this tragic manner, were travelling home when their minibus taxi crashed into a truck,” said Lesufi.

“It is believed the driver of the minibus underestimated the speed of the truck and collided with it as he was about to turn.”

Lesufi said police were still investigating.

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Lesufi was at the accident scene on Friday afternoon, where he met with the learners’ families to provide assistance and support.

“The department will provide counselling to the learners at the affected schools and their families,” he said.

“I have never witnessed anything like this before. I am deeply saddened.”

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