Condolences pour in for Michaelhouse pupil after fatal bus crash

The scene of the accident where a hired bus carrying Michaelhouse pupils overturned on the N3.

Hundreds of messages of condolences and prayers have been pouring in on social media for the school, parents, pupils and teachers following the tragic Michaelhouse bus accident near Pietermaritzburg yesterday afternoon, reports Highway Mail.

Michaelhouse released the name of the pupil who died in the accident on the school’s Facebook page late last night.

Themba Dloti from Gauteng was part of one of the four U16 soccer teams travelling to Kearsney College in Botha’s Hill when the bus experienced a blow-out going down Townhill near Pietermaritzburg.

“The entire School, staff and boys, gathered in the Chapel where the news was shared. We are united in our grief and shock, and our prayers are extended to the Dloti family.”

Themba Dloti

The post read that 46 boys and four staff members were being transported in a 60-seat hired bus to soccer fixtures at Kearsney College when the accident occurred.

Numerous boys and some staff members were seriously injured and most were transported to one of the four hospitals in Pietermaritzburg (Greys, Medi Clinic, Hilton Life and St Anne’s) to undergo surgery.

The school counsellor, Tim Jarvis, along with school psychologist, Rob Pluke and the school chaplain, Alan Smedley are counselling boys with the assistance of housemasters.

Schools across the country have forwarded messages of condolences and prayers. Below is a few messages from the Highway schools.

Another post on their Facebook page earlier today read “At this stage, most have been discharged from hospital and are back at school as day visitors to the San.

“There are still 13 boys and one staff member in hospital, some of whom will be there for some time given the needs of their injuries.

“Most of the deep concerns we had during the course of the evening about some of these injuries seem now to have been allayed; and while they continue to be serious we believe, God willing, that all concerned have turned a corner.”

A memorial service to celebrate Dloti’s life will be held in the Michaelhouse Chapel this Friday, September 8 at midday.

Dear Michaelhouse Family and FriendsWe have just come from a chapel service presided over by Bishop Dino Gabriel where…

Posted by Michaelhouse on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A memorial service to celebrate Dloti’s life will be held in the Michaelhouse Chapel this Friday, September 8 at midday.

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