A speeding bakkie knocked down and killed four schoolchildren while they were walking to school yesterday morning.
The four children - Zinhle Mnisi, 15, Khulekani Mathebula, 10, Gladness Mashele, 6, and Menzi Mtileni, 6 - were flung into the yard of a welder, William Lubisi.
Mnisi was a pupil at Bonginhlanhla High School and the other three attended Siyakhula Primary School.
The children were walking with others on both sides of the road on their way to various schools at Daanjtie Trust near Nelspruit.
The bakkie knocked the four children as it veered towards Lubisi's home.
Three of the children died on the spot while the other was certified dead on arrival at the local clinic.
The driver of the bakkie, that was marked "Namaqua Wines", was driving his girlfriend (herself a pupil) to school when he apparently lost control of the vehicle at about 7.30am.
Lubisi had just left the shack in which he was busy welding when he suddenly heard a loud bang.
He said it was 7.30am when he decided to go inside the house to listen to a soccer programme on Ligwalagwala FM.
"I had hardly moved from the shack and into the house when I heard a loud bang that caused me to peep outside, only to see a vehicle up-side-down sliding into the welding shack," said Lubisi.
"I had to close my eyes to make sure that I was not dreaming."
He said the four children were sprawled all over the yard in their school uniforms.
"The car landed in my workshop (the shack) where I had just left.
"This means I could also have been dead by now," said Lubisi.
The vehicle landed inside the shack on its roof and Lubisi said he was surprised to see a girl in school uniform right inside the wrecked car.
The driver and his "girlfriend" were rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Members of the community, parents and relatives rushed to the scene and claimed that the driver was always speeding when driving past the area.