Protests erupt at Lesotho High after taxi hits two students

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By Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU — Lesotho High School students protested outside the institution yesterday morning soon after two of their classmates were hit by cars at the school entrance.

The protesting learners temporarily barricaded the road outside the school with stones and rubbish, making it virtually impassable for vehicles.

The students, together with their teachers, then blocked the road as they demanded that speed-humps be installed on the stretch of road near the school to stop motorists from speeding.

According to teachers who spoke to the Lesotho Times during yesterday’s protest, the school has been asking for the speed-humps “for a long time” but to no avail.
“We have been asking for speed-humps for a long time as our students are being hit by vehicles that fail to stop at the zebra-crossing here.
“Some get badly injured while others manage to get away with scratches. Since there are no humps here, drivers tend to speed and don’t stop when they get to this zebra-crossing.
“We decided to block the road after two of our pupils were badly injured this morning by vehicles that do not want to stop here.
“Also when our cars are leaving this school and entering the main road, they are being hit by speeding drivers on this highway. We want the humps by the end of this week, or we will have this protest again,” one of the teachers said.

Meanwhile, the two students who were injured in yesterday’s accident were taken to Tšepong Hospital.
Superintendent Motlatsi Mothibeli from the Police Traffic Department, yesterday told the Lesotho Times the driver who was involved in the accident had been arrested .

“The driver of the 4+1 that hit students this morning is being held in our custody and will be brought before the court. The driver claimed that his brakes failed, resulting in the accident,” Superintendent Mothibeli said.

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