A 16-year-old Lesotho pupil has died after his
face was sliced off by a street sign while on a
school tour in the South African city of Durban.
The boy had been looking out of the bus window
as it drove down a narrow street in the city
centre, witnesses say.
Police cordoned off the scene and covered the
body with a blanket before it was removed by a
mortuary van.
The teenager, whose identity has not been
released, was among a group of 106 pupils from
Molapo High School.
The authorities are investigating the
circumstances around the teenager’s death.
The students and teachers, who are said to be
severely traumatised, are receiving counselling.
A security guard, who asked not to be identified,
had been stationed outside a car dealership
“[The bus] first hit this sign; everybody was still
inside… The boy then peeked his head out the
window – he was sitting near the back – to see
what was happening and before he knew it, he
was struck by the sign on the second pole,” he
told the Durban Mercury.
“Everyone was crying, the teachers, the pupils; it
was hectic. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t. He
was still breathing – blood still gushing – when I
got to him. But there was absolutely nothing I
could do for him,” said another witness.