Limpopo - Death has once again robbed Education fraternity of its precious young lives. This follows the burial of learners in Vhembe East and Sekhukhune South Education districts respectively over the weekend. Two learners from Ratshikwekwete Secondary school outside Vuwani, were laid to rest on Saturday after they were knocked down by speeding vehicle. Sunday saw the proper sending off of five other learners who also perished tragically in a car accident. The five learners from AM Mashego Secondary school in Monsterlus were involved in a horrible car accident that took their lives on their way back from school after writing their final examinations. Learners hitched a lift home in a car driven by a man who lost control of the vehicle between Groblersdal and Mpudule village early last week.

Speaking at the Vhembe East funeral, MEC for Education Polly Boshielo said “It has been a tough week for the department, to loose learners in these numbers is heartbreaking. It is tough for our learners and the families”.

At the Sekhukhune South funeral, the visibly heartbroken MEC Boshielo expressed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the learners, the school, educators and the community of Sephaku and Kgaphamadi. “I do not know what to say, I was shocked by the sudden death of these learners. I love all our learners and when an accident like this happened, as a mother it affects me more .It is so sad and we ask God to provide strength to the parents as they are going through so much pain and grief. To my learners, please continue to do well and stay focused in your studies, and to the grieving families, please be comforted and may their souls of Lucky Monareng, Chantel Monareng, Karabo Mogoaneng, Beauty Mtsweni and Pearl Rakgalakane Rest in Peace” concluded MEC Boshielo who also applauded the sterling work done social workers in providing the necessary trauma counselling to the learners and all the affected families.

MEC for Transport and Community Safety Dickson Masemola and MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure Monicca Mochadi were amongst hundreds of mourners who came to bid farewell during funeral service of the five AM Mashego learners.

Story by Mankoe Manamela