Vanderbijlpark – The head of a Vanderbijlpark school where four pupils died after a bridge collapsed said the school could not have predicted the incident. It’s been reported that there were warnings about the instability of the bridge.
On Friday morning, three pupils died and 21 more seriously hurt after a bridge connecting the admin block and classrooms collapsed. A day later, a fourth pupil succumbed to his injuries, making the number of dead pupils, four.
Hoërskool Driehoek’s principal Hein Knoetze, who spoke to one of local radio stations says the school was not aware of any reports on the bridge.
He also maintains that he knows nothing about any early warnings.
“Even if it is true, I don’t think that it is something that should be reported. No report was made and we don’t want to speculate about it.”
Knoetze went on to stress that a great deal of money was spent on constant maintenance and infrastructure, with about R800 000 – R1 million being used to improve the school.
A meeting would also be held with the school’s governing body to map a way forward, Knoetze confirmed.
The Labour Department has been roped in to assess the safety of all the buildings at the school.
The school remains closed.
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