Three boys accident after youth camp

Henry

Three teenage boys – two from the Western Cape and one from Australia – died in a serious car accident in Limpopo on Sunday on their way back from a youth camp in the Kalahari.

The accident is believed to have occurred near Lephalale.

Further information regarding the accident is still unclear at this stage.

The three boys were identified on Monday as Jean Conradie and Daniël Jordaan, both from Somerset West, and Werner Oosthuizen, from Fremantle in Australia.

It is understood that the boys were all 16 years old and before their deaths were part of a group that took part in the famous Kalahari-Vasbyt in Botswana.

As of Monday afternoon, it was not yet clear how many boys were involved in the accident or how many boys were taken to hospital for medical treatment after the accident.

Andries Erwee, tour leader and founder of the Kalahari-Vasbyt, did confirm that “all other boys” have since been dismissed.

Erwee was expected to land in the Western Cape “along with most of the boys” on Monday afternoon.

Pieter Marais, the driver of the vehicle that transported the group of boys, is still being treated for severe shock in hospital.

Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch has meanwhile expressed its condolences on the death of Daniël, a learner at this school.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of a beloved Paul Roos Gymnasium learner, Daniël Jordaan (16). The Paul Roos community extends our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones on his sudden passing.”

Jean was a learner at Parel Valley High School in Somerset West. This school also expressed its condolences in the wake of the accident on social media.

“Today our hearts ache over the sudden death of our beloved Jean Conradie,” the school writes on Facebook.

“Jean, a top student who always got his way, was a true example of a Perel Valleier, a quiet, strong and sincere boy who made an impression wherever he was involved. Jean will be missed in the classroom, on the hockey field, cross country and squash court, but especially in our hearts – now and forever!

“Our hearts go out to Jean’s friends and family at this time, but especially to his family.”

Condolences are also pouring in from Australia for Werner, a keen sportsman.

“Werner was respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a dedicated team member who always played with his heart on his sleeve and a big smile on his face,” Australian sports club Peel United wrote on Facebook.

“His absence will undoubtedly be felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him,” agrees the Mandurah Basketball Association in Australia.