- The four netball players who died on their way to the South African Netball Championships have been named
- The high school players were memorialised during the championship's opening ceremony yesterday when Netball South Africa held a candle lighting ceremony
- The minister of sport, Nathi Mthethwa, has joined South African in conveying his sympathies to the families of the young victims
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CAPE TOWN - Yesterday, 6 December, it was reported that four teenage netball players were killed in a bus accident on their way to the South African Netball Championships in Cape Town. Today their names have been made public.
During the championship's opening ceremony yesterday, players and coaches held a candle lighting ceremony to memorialise the victims of the accident. The victims include 25 people who were hospitalised due to injuries.
Fezeka Nkomonye, the MEC for Sport in the Eastern Cape, where the deceased come from, will visit the families of the victims tomorrow along with Nocawe Mafu, who is the Deputy Minister of Sport, TimesLIVE reports.
Who are the victims of the bus accident?
The deceased are Indiphile Mfengu, Nocamagu Mbunyiswa, Thabisile Maxikixa and Phelo Charles. The bus they were in at the time of the accident had been transporting senior netball players and U21 players from OR Tambo to Cape Town to the championship.
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Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister of Sport, has conveyed his sympathies to the deceased's families. He added that the purpose of the championships was to select the players who would attend in the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
According to SABC News, Cecilia Molokwane, the president of Netball South Africa, said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is not possible to hold a large gathering to celebrate the lives of the deceased, but that each person must celebrate their lives by remembering them.
4 high school netball players die in bus accident en route to National Champs, tragedy rocks competition
South Africa reacts to netball players being named
"This time of year we hear of so many heartbreaking tragedies."
"May they rest in peace."
"This is very sad, eish."
"Honour them by continuing to play in the tournament."
4 High school netball players die in bus accident en route to National Champs
Yesterday, Briefly News reported that on Sunday morning four high school netball players died in a bus accident on the way from Aberdeen, Eastern Cape to Cape Town for the South African Netball Championships.
The accident occurred near Aberdeen on the R61. There were 25 other people on the bus who sustained injuries from the crash. They are in Graaf Reinet in hospital.
Cecilia Molokwane, the president of Netball South Africa, has responded to the death of four high school girls on the way to the national championships. She said that the organisation is sad to hear of their passing and sends her sympathies to their families.
Source: Briefly News