Schoolgirl struck by lightning dies

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Johannesburg - A Protea Glen schoolgirl, who was struck by lightning earlier this week, died in the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital on Friday, the Gauteng education department said.

“The (department ) wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family of Bertha Ncube, 16, who succumbed to her injuries,” spokesman Charles Phahlane said.

“Gauteng Education MEC Ms Barbara Creecy visited her in hospital on Wednesday evening to get a briefing from the medical practitioners and wish her a speedy recovery. She also met with her parents, who were at the hospital.”

Ncube was one of four Protea Glen girls, all aged 16, who were struck by lightning while on their way home from school on Monday. Two of them were treated and discharged.

On Tuesday, lightning struck nine boys, aged between 16 and 18, at King Edward VII School (KES) while they were pulling the covers over the cricket pitch.

Phahlane said two KES boys were still at Milpark Hospital. One of the boys was in a critical, but stable condition. The other had been moved from the intensive care unit to the high care unit. - Sapa

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