Pupils, families and dignitaries have gathered at the Newlands East Secondary School for the memorial service of the three girls who were killed in a taxi crash last week. Picture: Thabiso Goma
Durban - Hundreds of pupils, families and dignitaries have gathered at the Newlands East Secondary School for the memorial service of the three girls who were killed in a taxi crash last week. 

Ayanda Mtshali, Luyanda Ngubane and Tina Ngubane died last Wednesday on their way to school when a taxi allegedly skipped a red traffic light at the interchange between Dumasani Makhaye and Inanda Road. 

The girls are to be laid to rest in separate funerals occasions this weekend. 

Earlier in the day,  the driver of the taxi that killed the girls, Sibonelo Zwane, 32, was granted R3000 bail at the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court. 

Zwane is due back in court on the 6th of May where he faces three counts of culpable homicide. 

A delegation from Lindelani Taxi Association visited the families this morning to offer them a further R2 000 each on top of their usual contribution of R3 000 for taxi deaths. 

"This was an unusual accident," said Alfred Shinga, the spokesperson of association. 

Among the people expected to speak today are family members of the girls, eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and the school principal.

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