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Girl, 8, dies in 'faulty' taxi crash

By unknown | Feb 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

An 8-year-old child was killed and 10 other people were injured when an "unroadworthy" minibus taxi overturned at Orange Farm yesterday.

Johannesburg Metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the driver of the minibus had lost control of the vehicle, which hit a rock and overturned in front of Thusanang Day Care Centre.

Nine schoolchildren in the minibus and the driver were injured and taken to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital.

Banele Jele, a Grade 3 pupil at Masibambane School at Orange Farm, died after sustaining serious injuries to her head and body, said Minnaar.

"The brakes were not working. The taxi in general was in a poor condition," Minnaar added.

He said the driver of the vehicle had been charged with driving an unroadworthy vehicle, reckless driving and culpable homicide.

Ntombinkulu Ndebele, of Drieziek, was shocked to hear that her7-year-old son Sibusiso was one of the children injured in the accident.

"I was on my way to the shops to buy washing powder when I saw the taxi. I thought Sibusiso had died," she said.

Although she was reassured that her son was one of the injured children taken to hospital, Ndebele feared the worst.

She said Sibusiso had been using the taxi for two weeks because his school was far away. Sibusiso only suffered slight injuries to the head and was sent home after treatment.

Thandekile Jele, Banele's sister, said the family was too distraught to speak to Sowetan and declined to comment.


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