Family left traumatised by pupil’s scholar transport accident death

The little sister of the Grade 6 pupil Kgosi Maloka, who was killed in a horrific scholar transport accident, is refusing to go back to school and has vowed to never use a bus again.

This was shared by Kgosi’s elder sister, Kutlwano, when Sunday World visited the family in Ga-Rankuwa, north-west of Pretoria on Wednesday.

Saw gruesome body

Kutlwano is concerned about her 12-year-old sister, who saw the gruesome body of her brother shortly after the accident. Kgosi, who was a pupil at Modiselle Primary School in Ga-Rankuwa, was killed about 400 metres from his home on February 1.

Kgosi’s uncle, Dichaba Maloka, said the boy’s younger sister was in another bus that arrived shortly after the accident. She also attends the same school, Modiselle Primary School.

She saw her brother’s lifeless body on the ground. “On disembarking the bus, she was approached by screaming children. They told her, ‘come see, your brother has been hit by a bus’,” he said.

The corner where Kgosi Maloka was killed by a scholar bus./ Phumla Mkize

Dichaba was the first adult from the family to arrive at the scene. He said he saw his nephew, and the image was hard for him to erase from his memory.

Body was too crushed to be seen by young kids

“I was phoning Kgosi’s mother to check how far she was from the scene. This was so that I could prepare her for the horror that awaited her. I was oblivious to the fact that his younger sister already saw him. She was taken to the house,” he told Sunday World.

So hair-raising was the accident that Dichaba asked Kgosi’s mother, Onica, not to view the body. He told her to wait until it was taken to the mortuary.

The 13-year-old Kgosi allegedly fell out of the open door of a moving bus. The bus was turning a corner around his street in Zone 14.

Bus’s rear wheels drove over him

Allegedly, Kgosi hit an electric pole, ricocheted to the ground, and was hit by the rear wheels of the bus.

Kutlwano said the deceased was a boisterous child. “I will not hear his voice again, I will not hear him teasing us again,” she said.

She said he was also a member of a marching drum band in the area. “He could play every drum in the band.

My mother even limited his participation to only weekends so that he could do his schoolwork,” she said.

Investigations ongoing

Kgosi was buried yesterday.

The Gauteng department of education will soon release the results of its investigations into what happened to Kgosi.

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