Twenty children have been killed in a minibus crash near the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services have said. The children died after the vehicle burst into flames following a collision with a truck just north of the capital.
Report gathered that there were both primary and secondary school-aged children on board. Panyaza Lesufi, the official responsible for education in Gauteng province, says it is a “dark day”.
The minibus collided with a truck on the single carriageway R25 in between Verena, Gauteng, and Bronkhorstpruit, which lies on the border of neighbouring Mpumalanga province. It is not yet known what the cause of the accident was, but pictures show the minibus entirely burnt out.