Verena Crash: A funeral proceeding was held on Saturday for twenty South African pupils who were killed in a horrific taxi crash on the R25 between Verena and Bronkhorstpruit last month.
The gloomy event was attended by friends, family members and pupils from the region, who came to pay their last respect to their loved ones.
However, in the course of the funeral proceeding, several pupils and mourners pupils who were overwhelmed with grief and tears were escorted to a mobile clinic outside the packed marquee, after they fainted.
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 6, 2017
— Alex Mitchley (@AlexMitchley) May 6, 2017
Twenty pupils lost their lives on the R25 road -dubbed the road of death – including the taxi driver and a general worker at one of the schools.
The accident occurred when the minibus they were travelling in crashed into a truck and burst into flames on April 21‚ leaving almost all of them burnt beyond recognition.
During the funeral proceeding today, most South Africans took to the social and shared their heartfelt sympathy with the families of the victims and the country at large.
— Marvin Mulaudzi (@Marvin198530) May 3, 2017
— Hitekani (@HitekaniMag) May 3, 2017
Only grief and heartbreak at the funeral service of the #VerenaCrash victims
— malungelo booi (@malungelob) May 6, 2017
Meanwhile, the government announced that huge memorial stones bearing the names of the pupils will be erected in each of the two affected schools.
This was announced by Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Wednesday a memorial service in honour of the pupils.
He said the memorial stones will be unveiled on April 21 next year at the main entrances of Refano Primary School in Verena as well as at Mahlenga Secondary school in Sokhulumi.
Fourteen of the victims were pupils at Refano Primary School while four attended Mahlenga Secondary school.
Lesufi buttressed that the memorial stones would serve as a reminder of the Verena crash disaster. He also announced that the government would provide state-funded scholar transport for Mpumalanga pupils attending schools in Gauteng and revamp the road.
Two more pupils will be buried on Sunday in KwaNongoma in KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo respectively.