Crash claims lives of two matriculants

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pretoria - Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin has conveyed condolences to the family and friends of two Grade 12 learners who were killed in a car crash in Pinelands, Cape Town, on Monday.

According to initial reports, the two learners, Darren Hoffman and Roqeeb Isaacs from Oude Molen Technical High School, had just completed their Physical Science Paper 2 (Chemistry) exam and were on their way home when the crash occurred.

It occurred at around 1pm on Jan Smuts Drive.

"We want to convey our condolences to the family and friends of the learners killed in a car crash. We wish those injured a speedy recovery," said Cronin.

The exact cause of the crash is not known and police are investigating.

Cronin also urged parents, learners and public transport operators who transport learners to ensure that they travel safely.

"Now is the time when many students and learners will celebrate the completion and results of their final exams.

"We therefore want to urge parents, learners as well as those public transport operators who provide transport to our learners to ensure they drive safely and do not drink and drive," he said.

He further noted that throughout the years, there are always serious road crashes and fatalities during this period involving matriculants and students, especially during after parties.

"It is important that parents, scholars and public transport operators are aware of the threats to the safety of our young road users."

He added that unlicensed driving was also a significant threat to road safety and drinking and driving increases the risk of not arriving alive.

Focus on responsible driving, alcohol free driving and impress your friends by caring for their safety, Cronin said.