Johannesburg - A strong intensive care team is treating two Johannesburg schoolboys who were hit by lightning, Netcare Milpark Hospital said on Wednesday.

Hospital manager Cobus Venter said a third boy was out of the intensive care unit and had been transferred to a general ward.

Nine pupils from King Edward VIII School were injured by a bolt of lightning on Tuesday afternoon.

Provincial education spokesman Charles Phahlane said the boys, aged between 16 and 18, were pulling the covers over a cricket pitch when they were struck.

All the boys were members of the school's first cricket team.

Education MEC Barbara Creecy was expected to pay them a visit.

Venter said the boys' parents would not speak to the media. - Sapa