Matsha tragedy: Government should take responsibility

This week the ruling party technically killed a motion which would have seen Parliament resolving that government should ensure that there is full compliance with the policy that prohibits transporting students in trucks and instituting an independent enquiry into the Matsha College students’ accident to establish why the policy was breached.

The motion was prompted by the Friday13th November road traffic accident in which seven students of Matsha College perished and others were seriously injured when an open truck transporting them to their home villages overturned along Letlhakeng-Motokwe road near the village of Dutlwe west of Takatokwane village in the Kweneng District. 

The motion sought to address the evil system of transporting students in open trucks only befitting transportation of animals and goods. In 1995 nine students and a teacher of Gosemama School in Tswapong died while others sustained injuries in a road accident involving an open truck. In the same year, two Setlalekgosi secondary school students died around Dikabeya when an open truck they were transported in had an accident. In 2003, five students from Kedia Primary School in the Boteti died and others were injured when their open truck overturned. In March 2005, two students from Shakawe Secondary School died and others including a teacher were injured after their truck overturned. These accidents, it would seem, were not lessons enough for the government as the practice continued unabated.

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