Tributes for Michaelhouse accident victim

Themba Dloti, the Michaelhouse pupil who passed away in yesterday's bus accident on the N3

Messages of sympathy and condolences have been pouring in for Michaelhouse pupil Themba Dloti who was killed in a bus crash on the N3 near Townhill on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted by Michaelhouse on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

With the school flag flying at half-mast today, the school community was involved in a chapel service presided over by Bishop Dino Gabriel where Themba Dloti’s life was commemorated and a prayer was said for those boys who were injured in the accident.

“It was a muted and sombre affair with the exception of the School Hymn which, while deeply emotional, threatened to lift the roof off of our chapel. Boys left there to go to tutor groups where they will be given the opportunity to talk about the accident and to ask questions. Staff were briefed on the details first thing this morning by Rob Pluke, Tim Jarvis and myself in order to be of assistance in this regard. We will also be counselling both the victims of the accident and others who are in need, during the course of the day and over the next few weeks,” said Rector Greg Theron in the statement.

He said while most of the boys, who were involved in the accident, were discharged from hospital, 13 boys and one staff members was still in hospital.

“Some of the boys will be in hospital for some time given the needs of their injuries. Most of the deep concerns we had during the course of the evening about some of these injuries seem now to have been allayed; and while they continue to be serious we believe, God willing, that all concerned have turned a corner,” he said.

Theron extended his gratitude to the thousands of people, schools and organisations for their support and love.

“It has been a deeply humbling experience. Thank you to those who were directly involved yesterday at the scene of the crash, at hospitals, running around Pietermaritzburg in the service of others, counselling, talking, fetching, carrying, offering accommodation and organising. Thank you to the Old Michaelhousians and parents who, as doctors or nurses,  were still involved in operations until the very early hours of this morning. They were magnificent. As were the general staff of these institutions. Your support is greatly appreciated,”said Theron.

He further extended his thanks to the police department, paramedics, ambulances, “angels of mercy, who got to the scene of the crash so timeously and who were so caring and efficient in what they did.”

“These are generally thankless tasks and I was deeply touched by their compassion and care. Thank you also once again to the general staff of Michaelhouse who were just so genuinely involved in communicating to the Michaelhouse Community the details of what was going on, cleaning up the school, driving, and caring for boys in the San. I am often touched by their efforts, but yesterday was on a different level.

Expressing dismay at the number of unfounded rumours surfacing, Theron said it was important to discount them.

“Beyond what has been shared on our Face Book and email communiques, no more serious injuries, indeed fatalities, were suffered, thank God. There have also been a number of stories concerning the facts of the crash and again, the details published yesterday remain the most accurate to date. We will, off course, be investigating these and will inform you of findings as and when we have these at our disposal,” he said.

A memorial service to celebrate Themba Dloti’s life will be held in the Michaelhouse Chapel, this Friday, 8 September at 12.00







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