A Queen Elizabeth Children’s Home pupil died at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, while his sister was injured after being hit by a car along Parirenyatwa Street on Tuesday, on their way to school.
A relative, who is a committee member of Highlanders Football Club, Wisdom Mabhena, told Southern Eye that the accident happened at around 8am, when Mduduzi Mahlangu (4) was crossing the road to the nursery school.
“Mduduzi and his sister were going to school at around 8am and were hit by a South African registered car at a zebra crossing along Parirenyatwa Street,” he said.
“They were taken to UBH where the mother suggested that they be transferred to Mater Dei.”
Mabhena said doctors took an X-ray and found out he had broken his right leg.
“The boy had an X-ray and they found out that he also had a fracture in the thigh and a deep cut on the forehead,” he said.
“He started having difficulties breathing, as he was asthmatic and his oxygen levels started falling when they wanted to do a CT scan.”
Mabhena said the sister was hurt and the X-ray showed that she was not in danger.
“The driver of the car assisted with the all the hospital costs,” he said.
Mabhena echoed sentiments that local authority should erect speed humps along the road as there are many schools around the area.
“The city council should put speed humps around the area, as drivers speed and this is really a danger to pupils attending nearby schools.”
There are a number of schools along Parirenyatwa Avenue including Eveline Girls’ High, Queen Elizabeth Children’s Home, Milton Junior and Coghlan Primary School.
Efforts to get comment from the Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo were fruitless as he said he was in a meeting.