SIMPHIWE Mtshweni’s family still cannot believe that the 15-year-old school pupil is dead.
A school bus knocked down Simphiwe, from Senzele Village near Middelburg in Mpumalanga, on Friday.
Speaking to Daily Sun, her older sister Kate Mtshweni (39) said she was at work when she received the sad news.
“I couldn’t believe it when my daughter called to tell me Simphiwe had been hit by a bus.
“I struggled to get an ambulance to the scene and eventually, when it arrived, I could see that my sister was in a serious state.
“She was rushed to hospital but unfortunately, she didn’t make it,” said Kate.
She said her sister was a good child and that the family and her friends will miss her terribly.
One of her friends, Samkelisiwe Sikudo, said she is haunted by the tragic incident.
“It was after school and pupils were rushing to catch the bus as the driver is always in a hurry.
“The bus hit Simphiwe as she got there.
“We just heard people scream for help and when I rushed to the scene, I found Simphiwe lying there helplessly and in pain,” said Samkelisiwe.
She said she has lost a good friend.
“Everyone loved Simphiwe because she was such a good person,” she said, holding back her tears.
Mpumalanga Education MEC Sibusiso Malaza visited the family on Sunday to offer his condolences.
“Pupils are the future and when one of them dies, it’s a huge loss not only to the family but the community at large,” he said.
Malaza said pupils and Simphiwe’s family will receive counselling and that the department will work together with the transport department to start investigating the incident.
Police spokeswoman Captain Khanyisile Zwane told Daily Sun Simphiwe was trying to run after the bus but slipped and was knocked down by a tyre.
She said pupils, including those on different buses, assaulted the driver and stabbed him in the head.
Zwane said a case of culpable homicide has been opened.