Statement by Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP and UDM President

We have learnt with some shock and sadness of the twenty learners who were killed in a taxi accident just outside Bronkhorstspruit this afternoon. Incidents like this send chills down the spine.

The images in the media, of the severely wrecked vehicles, might suggest that speed was involved. But, it must urgently be established what caused the accident and who is culpable. South Africa can’t afford to lose young people in this manner.

The United Democratic Movement expresses condolences with the families of the children who lost their lives and hopes that those who were injured fully recover. We also hope that the Department of Education will provide the survivors, as well as the friends and family of the deceased children with counselling.

May their souls rest in peace.