Funeral ceremonies for three Newlands’ schoolgirls will be held separately

The funerals for three schoolgirls who died after being knocked down by a taxi last week are to be held separately this weekend.

Three schoolgirls Tina Ngiba, 13, Ayanda Mtshali, 14, and Luyanda Ngubane, 13, died after the taxi minibus mowed them down while they stopped on the pavement on the way to school last Wednesday morning.

According to the notification from their families, Tina and Luyanda will be buried on Saturday, while Ayanda will be laid to rest on Sunday.

“The department would offer assistance to the families,” the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said.

“I cannot say for sure if the assistance will be financial, but the MEC (Mthandeni Dlungwane) is engaging with the heads of department in terms of how we can help the families,” he said.

Families will be granted assistance from the Road Accident Fund (RAF). The RAF promised to cover funeral expenditures for the coffins, transportation, storage of the bodies and digging of the graves.

The families also received visits from representatives of the Lindelani Taxi Association, who offered to contribute R3000 towards funeral expenses, but the Ngubane family rejected it.

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