Grade 4 teacher killed by MyCiti bus

Condolences poured in over the past week for the family of teacher Maretha van Dyk who was killed by a MyCiTi bus.

A 30-year-old Grade 4 teacher at Van Riebeeckstrand Primary School in Melkbosstrand was killed last week by a MyCiTi bus on Otto du Plessis Drive.

Ms Van Dyk is the older sister of Cheetahs and Stormers rugby players Jasper and Cobus Wiese, was helping her husband, who had car trouble on the morning of Friday August 30, when she was struck by the bus.

The City of Cape Town’s law enforcement director, Richard Coleman, confirmed the incident.

The MyCiTi bus lane as well as the right lane had to be closed as a result but were both reopened a few hours later.

Deputy principal Trish Dolley posted on their Facebook page, that they had lost a much-loved colleague, teacher and friend.

“On behalf of the staff, learners, parents and school governing body, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to her family ad friends,” she said.

Ms Dolley added that in honour of the teacher’s memory and as a sign of respect to her family, the school would not be making any official statements to the press.

Condolences also poured in from various people who said they had known her and she had taught their children. Sharon Hughes, of Melkbos, said in a Facebook post that it was a very sad situation as Ms Van Dyk was her daughter’s netball coach. Annaline de Wet said the 30-year-old was gone too soon.

Melkbosstrand Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson, Samie Kleynhans, said the community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Ms Van Dyk.

“The Melkbosstrand CPF would like to send our condolences to her family, the learners and parents from the Van Riebeeckstrand Primary School and her friends,” he said.

Western Cape SAPS spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, said a case of culpable homicide has been opened.