The North West Department of Education was shocked by the demise of 3 Grade 12 learners from Rethusegile Secondary school in Lethabong Village near Rustenburg who allegedly died in a horrible taxi accident after attending an “After examinations celebration” on Friday, 11 December 2020

It is alleged that 14 learners were passengers in a taxi that was transporting them from a resort in the vicinity of Assen near Brits back to Lethabong. It is alleged that the taxi overturned along the R511 road. Three learners were certified dead on the scene whilst the other 11 learners and a driver sustained serious injuries. The 3 Grade 12 learners who allegedly died in an accident are Isaac Nkosi (18), Tshepiso Moagi 21) and Amogelang Diphoko (20)

About 7 learners were discharged from the hospital after medical observation. Whilst a total of 4 learners are still at the hospital receiving medical attention.

The North West Department of Education MEC visited the the families of the deceased learners.

“On behalf of the department l would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the 3 berieved families. As a department we are in difficult times as we did not expect to loose 3 learners at the same time like this. These learners are part of the 2020 cohort which wrote their final examinations during difficult times of Covid – 19 pandemic. We thought they would shape the future of this country with the skill they obtained from our schools.

“These learners spent 13 years in our schools and we never anticipated to part ways with them in this manner. Currently we have established a team which will investigate the trip”, said MEC Matsemela.

MEC Matsemela indicated that this investigating team will start with the investigation immediately on Monday. She further highlighted that they have also established another team to work with the families to organize the preparations for the funeral.

The details of the funeral and the memorial service of the 3 learners will be communicated after consultation with the families.

Issued by Media Liaison Unit For more information, please contact:
Elias Malindi
Departmental Spokesperson
Cell: 072 1154 855/072 892 8399

Author: tkhechane