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    SAD: Grade 2 learner loses ICU battle after school incident

    The family of a learner – young Sinikeziwe Samkelo Ndlovu (7) – never in their wildest dreams imagined having to plan the burial of their daughter at such a tender age.

    The Grade 2 Hector Peterson Primary School learner in Dobsonville, Soweto succumbed to her excruciating injuries in hospital last Monday, 27 June. Sinikeziwe suffered life-threatening injuries after a scholar transport allegedly reversed on her inside the school premises on 17 May.

    “On the 17th of May 2022, we got a call from Principal (Mr Bonyongo) that she was involved in a bad accident inside the school premises on the school grounds where she was waiting for her transport while playing with other kids,” Senamile Ndlovu, the family member explained.

    “She was bumped by one of the transport drivers who came to pick up other kids,” she said.


    According to information relayed to them, Senamile told The South African that the school said the driver was reversing while playing music out loud. “It was there where she struck the child and dragged her for approximately 6 meters without stopping the car”.

    The distance covered was measured by the investigating officers who went to the school, according to Senamile.

    “My younger sister was badly injured on the head and some of the brain liquid was coming out from the eye,” she described the condition of the child on arrival.

    The learner was then transported to the hospital where it was discovered that her lungs were failing because she had suffered broken ribs.

    “The doctors said the other eye might not function and my sister was not going to be a normal child again,”


    While fighting for her life in hospital, Senamile said they went to the Gauteng Department of Education District in Florida on 6 June and were even more hurt by the ‘hospitality’.

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    “We went to the district and reported this matter on the 06th of June 2022 and the response we got from them was they cannot do anything as the matter was reported after school and did not involve any of the teachers,” she explained.

    However, Senamile told The South African that they tried to challenge this response arguing that Sinikeziwe was injured on the school premises around 13:30 when the entire school wasn’t out.

    “We told the official at District that the school wasn’t completely out only Grade 1 and 2s were dismissed but the rest of the grades were still in school but the official maintained her stance,” she recalled.

    As Sinikeziwe held on to her life, the family headed to Doornkop Police Station to open the case. “A case of attempted murder was opened at the station and that was it. When we informed them about her passing, we were told to come back and change the case to murder,” she explained.

    Sinikeziwe sadly passed away in ICU on life support at Leratong Hospital after five operations which left her unable to eat, breathe or talk on her own.


    About the type of person the learner was, a glum Senamile described her late sister as a loving-bubbly child who was always helpful and passionate about school.

    Sinikeziwe Samkelo Ndlovu (7).

    “Because of the delays in post-mortem results, the family has scheduled to hold Sinikeziwe’s funeral next week Sunday,” she concluded.

    This is a developing story.

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