Over 60 children, between the ages of 15 and 18, were injured on Friday after a school bus rolled down an embankment off the R603 in KwaZulu Natal.
About 61 school children were injured after the bus overturned on the R603 near Adams Mission in Kwazulu Natal, on Friday afternoon according to Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe.
The bus was found lying on its roof at the bottom of a small embankment as the emergency services got there to rescue the victims. Some children managed to climb out of the bus and made their way to the road according to paramedics.
Though the exact cause of the incident wasn’t immediately clear but local authorities were on scene for further investigations
The children sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were stabilized at the scene, before being taken to nearby hospitals for further medical attention.
This incident happens a week after the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) released the names of the 11 women who died in the bus crash on the R712, on August 19, 2016.
Nine of the women died on the spot when the bus rolled down an embankment on the R712 in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park near Clarens. Another two women died in hospital while a number of other SANDF members sustained various injuries in the crash.
Those announced dead were Chaplain Phumza Teledimo, 37, of Bloemfontein; a civilian Lesego Cynthia Rasethuntsha, 25, of Selosesha, Thaba Nchu; Corporal Akhona Tshoni, 30, of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth; Lance Corporal Sharon Nosiphiwe Macala, 27, of Soul City, Kimberley; a civilian Maria Jacobs, 57, of Bloemside, Bloemfontein; a civilian Alice Thakanyane Masilo, 27, of Phelindaba, Bloemfontein; Lance Corporal Cheena Roberta Jonkers, 30, of Heidedal, Bloemfontein; Sergeant Matseko Josephine Madimabe, 26, of Bloemside, Bloemfontein; Lance Corporal Maditsietsi Constance Morotolo, 26, of Harrismith; a civilian Portia Palesa Ramabodu, 26, of Botshabelo; and Private Maserame Dorcas Molibeli, 25, of Disaster Park, Qwa Qwa.
Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Defence Secretary Sam Gulube, Chief of the SANDF General Solly Shoke, and the Chief of the South African Army Lt-Gen Lindile Yam had expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved.