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Strong team for KES lightning victims

Gauteng

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

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120213. Johannesburg. People outside Milpark Hospital Trauma Unit where nine school boys treated after they were struck by lightning at King Edward VII High School in Johannesburg. Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

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

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