Wits mourns for seven students who died in a minibus taxi crash

The University of the Witwatersrand is mourning for seven students who died in a minibus taxi crash near Mokopane in Limpopo last night, says the university spokesperson, Shirona Patel.

Of the thirteen students who were travelling to Polokwane for a church pilgrimage, seven died on the scene, and six of them are currently in hospital. Many of these students are of the ZCC (Zion Christian Church) Students Society based on campus.

Patel says the university has taken a decision not to disclose names of the students until their next of kin have been notified.

Vice-chancellor, Professor Adam Habib has gone to Limpopo to meet with the surviving students in hospital.

Listen to the conversation between Xolani Gwala and Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand spokesperson below.

Based on the information we have, we will work with the police help identify the seven students who have passed away. We have also passed their next of kin for the police to contact them.

Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand spokesperson

I think people are definitely shocked, especially that we have lost so many young lives. The university is mourning.

Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand spokesperson

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