Newspaper clipping – The Pretoria News – 11 November 2008

Son injured, father claims R270 000

By Zelda Venter

The father of a former Hoerskool Menlopark pupil has claimed more than R270 000 in damages from the school and its governing body after his son was involved in an accident whilst travelling to a school choir camp in 2002.

Johannes du Plessis, the father of Johan, said in papers before the Pretoria High Court that the school and its governing body were liable for the injuries suffered by his son, who was 18 at the time.

Members of the choir were travelling in a minibus towards the Drakensberg on April 7 2002, when the bus left the road and overturned between Leslie and Standerton. Johan, who was sitting behind the driver, was flung through a window onto the road. He was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Du Plessis is blaming the accident on the driver of the bus, Johan Delport, whom he claimed had driven too fast under the circumstances. His son suffered numerous injuries, including fractures and lacerations. He also suffered a head injury resulting in concussion.

Johan, who was a Grade 12 pupil at the time, only returned to school after a month of treatment. His father claimed that apart from the medical expenses incurred, his son’s injuries left him with permanent physical impairments. The shock and trauma of the accident, especially being flung out of the window of the vehicle, had also left him with psychological after effects, the father stated.

The matter was due to be heard by the court on Monday, but the school and the governing body agreed to accept liability for the accident. The parties are expected to agree on an amount of damages on Friday.