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  • Wedela accident: Education MEC to visit families of deceased learners


    Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane is expected to visit Wedela Technical High School following following a bus accident that claimed the lives of two learners.

    The accident happened on Thursday afternoon, 20 October 2022 in Carletonville, Gauteng.   


    According to the Gauteng Department of Education, the incident occurred around the Western Deep mine shaft 2 in the afternoon as learners were being transported home. 

    It is alleged that the driver lost control of the bus and caused an accident that led to 63 learners, who were on board, being injured and hospitalised at the local medical facility. 

    Unfortunately, a Grade 8 boy learner and a Grade 10 girl learner from Wedela Technical High School, who were also on board the bus, lost their lives due to this accident. 

    Spokesperson, Steve Mabona said the driver is currently in hospital and did not flee from the scene, he was amongst the first to be rushed to hospital following the accident.

    He added that a psychosocial support team will be dispatched to Wedela to provide urgent trauma support, which will also be extended to the families of the deceased learners. 

    Gauteng Education MEC who will also visit the families of the deceased learners said they are deeply saddened by the tragic incident. 

    “We wish to convey our sincerest sympathies towards the families of the learners who lost their lives due to this unfortunate accident. We will provide the necessary counselling and support to all those affected by this occurrence,” he said 

    Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane. Image: Gauteng Education

    Chiloane further called upon all scholar transport drivers to always be alert and make sure our learners travel safely at all times.

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