Six pupils from Limpopo school die as bakkie crashes into house

Police have opened an inquest docket after six learners were killed and several others injured when a bakkie they were travelling in lost control, hit a wall and a house at Shikundu village outside Malamulele in Limpopo. The incident has shocked the entire community.
The learners were hitchhiking from school and got a lift from the driver of the bakkie. The residents of Salema and Ximixoni villages, outside Malamulele, feel like a dark cloud has fallen over the villages. The area has never experienced such an incident. The learners had dreams of completing school and pursuing different careers.
The bereaved families are devastated. The Ringani family at Salema village has lost their son. Vukosi Ringani was a Grade 11 learner at Jim Chavani High School. The family spokesperson Tiyani Ringani said they are heartbroken.
“I got a call from my wife when she was coming back from school. We were shocked when she called us. He was coming back from school. He got into an accident at Ximoxini. It’s so difficult because he always helped us with everything that we needed, you know. Everyone at home is very so sad,” said Ringani.
Another family at Ximixoni has lost their son, a grade ten learner at Jim Chavani high school. 16-year-old Tommy Nkanyani was one of the learners who passed away.
“We are very devasted. It is very difficult to accept what has happened. He was still young. We are heartbroken. We will appreciate any help from the community and even the government,” said family spokesperson, Millicent Nkanyani.
Local headman, Livingstone Magomani, said the whole community is deeply touched.
“We’re very very disappointed about what happened. I was near the scene where it happened. We’re very, very sad about what happened, very difficult to accept because like what happened we’re not used (to it) and the people who died there are young people, the future,” said Magomani.
Limpopo Transport Department has sent its condolences to the affected families.
Department Spokesperson Mike Maringa said Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Mavhungu Lerule Ramakhanya has sent messages of condolences to the families of the victims. Maringa said the MEC is making a plea to all motorists to follow the rules of the road and drive within the prescribed speed limits.
Police have opened an inquest.

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