Learners death leads to review of road safety around CT school

A school in Cape Town close to where a Grade 10 learner was knocked down and killed says plans must be made to improve road safety in the area.

Maitland Secondary School headmaster Riedwaan Kenny has spoken out following the death of Grade 10 learner, Bianca Ngolli.

Kenny says the school is concerned by the number of trucks which pass the school every day, threatening the safety of pupils.

The concern is that those trucks come into the container depot in their hundreds and they sometimes line-up along the side of the road in order to enter the depot, the line is sometimes 500 metres of trucks.

Riedwaan Kenny, Headmaster at Maitland Secondary

Our concern is that the roads are very narrow and in the afternoons when the schools are out you find the trucks moving along the side of the road.

Riedwaan Kenny, Headmaster at Maitland Secondary

What happened was a truck took a turn into station road and because they are horse and trailer and sometimes the trailers are very long, when they take a turn, the rear part of the trailer cuts across the pavement and that is what happened. Sadly a child from our school was knocked down.

Riedwaan Kenny, Headmaster at Maitland Secondary

Kenny described Ngolli as one their most hard-working students who had been due to represent the province as a member of the Goodwood Wrestling Club.

He says the City of Cape Town has partnered with the school to come up with a road safety program for the school.

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