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    Ramaphosa mourns the death of multiple children in KZN accident

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed deep sadness for the tragic accident which killed 19 school children and two adults in KwaZulu-Natal.


    The President seemingly learned about the horrific accident on the N2 in Pongola while he had travelled to the United States for a Presidential visit with President Joe Biden.

    The accident took place on Friday in Pongola when a truck collided with a van which was transporting school children.

    Ramaphosa offers his condolences to all affected families who lost their loved ones in the accident. He further wishes those who survived a speedy and full recovery.

    “This is yet another sad moment of our country, following the substantial loss of young lives in an Eastern Cape tavern recently.”

    President Cyril Ramaphosa

    ALSO READ: N2 Pongola horror crash: At least 19 learners confirmed dead

    A truck collided with a bakkie that carried children, killing 19 of them. PHOTO: Twitter/@VehicleTrackerz


    19 children died and two adults were killed in the horrific crash. This is after it was initially reported that 10 pupils were killed. But the death toll continued to rise as some succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The children are aged between five and 12 years.

    Ramaphosa said the country can no longer afford to lose young lives in horrific conditions.

    “We cannot afford to lose such precious lives under any conditions. I hope the investigation into the Pongola incident will shed light on the cause of this tragedy and help us take better care of our children in the future.”

    But the accident was caught on a dash cam. The footage shows the truck driver, who was speeding, attempting to overtake another truck. It then crashed into the bakkie that was transporting the school children.

    The driver of the truck reportedly fled the scene. He apparently got out of the truck and hiked for a lift from another truck that passed by and fled the tragic accident.

    ALSO READ: LOOK: Multiple learners injured in horrific crash on N2 South

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