SADTU KZN statement on the tragic accident that claimed the lives of learners

8 March 2016

Words of condolences to the families and our members who lost their children at Sibongumusa High School

SADTU in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by the loss of three learners of Sibongumusa High School at KwaSwayimane Village. Our prayers are with the Zondi, Vidima and especially with the Buthelezi family whose child`s body has not been recovered. We are hopeful that the body will be found soon in order to allow the family to grieve and find closure in their loss. It is indeed an unfortunate incident that such bright lives would be lost when they were ready to bloom.

We are of the view that the teachers were executing their normal duties as they accompanied learners on an excursion as they always do. We do not want to apportion any blame; we believe that this incident was unfortunate and it should be treated as such. Our educators are traumatized as learners and members of the families are, as well as the broader education community including the department of education. We believe that this is the time for the community and teachers to come together and mourn in order to move forward. Such incidents are never easy to come to terms with.

We are mobilizing all the necessary psychological support that must be given to the families, educators, learners and the broader education community to be assisted in order to cope with this tragedy.

We send our prayers and words of condolences to the families. May the Lord give them strength to cope and to move on.