On Friday, the 1st February 2019, the country was shocked by the news of a walkway collapse at Hoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark as the children were leaving the morning assembly to go to their class rooms.
Roydon Olckers was 1 of the 4 pupils who died as a result of the collapse. The matric learner was walking under the walkway on that fateful day with Caitelin Harris and Denise Fourie walking just ahead of him.
Three pupils: Roydon Olckers, Jandré Steyn and Marli Currie died at the scene, with a fourth, Marnus Nagel perishing from his injuries two days later. 20 children were treated in various hospitals around Gauteng for serious injuries.
After assembly that Friday morning, Roydon, a matric pupil and fellow pupils returned to their classrooms. Like many times before, the learners walked the same path, some over and others under the school’s walkway. Roydon and other pupils went under the walkway that morning.
Caitelin Harris and Denise Fourie, two grade 8 pupils were walking in front of him when the concrete block above them gave way.
Roydon realized the danger he and the other pupils were in. Without thinking of himself, he pushed Caitelin and Denise to safety, out of the way of the falling concrete block.
Roydon`s last act was to sacrifice his life to save two fellow learners.
The Jacaranda Community raised over R1 million for Hoërskool Driehoek and the learners affected by the 1st of February walkway collapse and now South Africans are calling for the government to acknowledge one of the pupils for his incredible act of bravery.
The prestigious award exists to recognise acts of bravery by South Africans. Olckers’ sacrifice allowed 2 young learners the chance to carry on with their lives.https://newsoweto.co.za/south-africans-nominate-boy-for-medal-of-bravery-lost-his-life-saving-others/https://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/unnamed.jpghttps://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/unnamed-150x150.jpgLife & LoveHoërskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark