- Three learners lost their lives and three are fighting for theirs after being involved in an accident
- The learners, from Dannhauser in KwaZulu-Natal were on their way home from a pens-down party when the vehicle accident happened
- South Africans strongly condemned pens-down parties and spoke out against them
Tebogo Mokwena, Briefly News's current affairs journalist, offered coverage of current affairs and societal issues during his seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News.
A pens-down party went from celebration to mourning after three students in Kwa-Zulu Natal died and three were critically injured after being involved in an accident.
KZN MEC for Education Mbali Frazer visited their families and passed on her condolences. South Africans cried for their loss, grieved with them and were angry that calls against pens-downs were ignored.
Matriculants killed in accident
According to TimesLIVE, the accident occurred on Monday. The learners from Mnyamande High School in Dannhauser were on their way home from a pens-down party when they got involved in an accident. Three of them were killed and the other three were taken to hospital, where they are in critical condition.
In a statement, MEC Frazer mourned their deaths. She empathised with the families and remarked on how difficult it is for a parent to bury their child, especially after investing in their future. She met with the families that were grieving and comforted them.
Mzansi dislikes pens-down parties
South Africans on Facebook were angry and hurt.
Babalwa Doobsie Mabuya-Dweza said:
“This issue of pens down is annoying. #PensDownMustFall”
Gerald Howard wrote:
“The Department of Education issued statements discouraging pens-down parties and y’all decided to mize them.”
Ras Magosi St. Magakwe remarked:
“Yet when we call out these events, they label us outdated.”
Nonhlanhla SZikode was hurt.
“Sad news in the morning.”
Mthobelo Ntobeko somehow blamed the government.
“We’re failing our offspring because of the ANC government.”
Xolani Mahlngu retorted:
“ANC didn’t buy alcohol for pens-down.”
Woman shot and killed outside of tavern
Similarly, Briefly News reported that a young woman from Mpumalanga lost her life when she was in a car when a man shot at her.
The incident took place in early December. The young woman was part of a group of friends who had planned to stop at a tavern to buy something to eat. When they arrived, a half-naked man stepped out and told them to leave immediately.
Source: Briefly News