The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed concern after three pupils were killed and 16 more injured when a taxi rolled over in Inanda, north of the city late on Thursday afternoon.
Reaction Unit spokesperson, Prem Balram, said the brakes on the minibus failed and it ploughed into five pedestrians. He said the taxi then overturned.
“One of the passengers contacted our offices. The only information she could provide regarding the location of the accident was that it was in the vicinity of a Shembe Church near Inanda Dam. She was severely injured and could not provide a pin drop to the location.
“Reaction Officers and Rusa medics were dispatched in the direction of the Inanda Dam while the controller on duty made several calls to emergency services and obtained a location in Matabetule in Inanda. The information was forwarded to first responders,” Balram explained.
He said emergency teams from various ambulance service as well as eThekwini Fire & Rescue Services and the South African Defence Force worked to stabilise the 13 people who were hurt.“Three primary school learners were fatally injured. One of the deceased was trapped under the wreckage of the overturned white Toyota Hiace. Firefighters utilised a high-pressure lifting bag to elevate the taxi and remove the body of the child,” Balram said.