Teacher crams 19 kids into Clio

2012-10-15 09:40

Back in school there were often complaints about the rickety school bus that carried kids to and fro. However 19 children in Pretoria would have appreciated such a bus.

Beeld newspaper reported that Melanie Minnie, a nursery school teacher, managed to squeeze 19 children, aged four to six, into her Renault Clio.


She was stopped on the way to a shopping mall on a school trip to Spur for the youngsters. Police found six of them in the boot, at least three on the front seat and the remaining 10 on the back seat. It's not known if any of them was wearing a safety belt.

A Pretoria newspaper photographer, Nico van Heerden, was on the scene and captured images of the children squashed into the car. He said police were called by a concerned shopper at Pretoria's Jacaranda shopping mall who saw the teacher loading the children into her car.

Beeld reported that police stopped her soon after she left the shopping centre while returning to the Rietfontein nursery school which, according to Google Maps, is only about a kilometre away.

The children appeared to be fine, relatively comfortable and excited by the action, Van Heerden told Beeld. "They were excited at first, but after a while they started to get a more worried and cried."


Minnie said: “This is the first time we went on an outing - and the last time.”

According to the paper, Minnie was stopped while in the process of ferrying the second of two car-loads of children back to her nursery from the mall. She told police she had already transported a first group of 12 in the Clio.

Police spokeswoman Charmaine Louwrens said the teacher was fined R1500 for having more people in a car than it was designed to carry.

  • rontheogre - 2012-10-15 11:36

    A training school to become a taxi driver, perhaps?

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-10-15 18:55

      Or maybe SAA could hire her to fix their financial problems.Maybe they could have some passengers on the roof.

  • dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-10-15 15:07

    Some life!!!, 19 kids, 19, how does one do that poor kids must have been cramped to death while she is sitting comfortably alone behind the wheel, even some in the boot

      estelle.claassens.3 - 2012-10-15 16:12

      Just like your TAXI's..... But i'm sure she is a better behaved driver and more causes tna the taxi-drivers. Maybe the kid's even wanted to feel what it's like in one of your coffins on wheels???? :-)

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-15 16:41

      Estelle, I hope you are not a mother. If you are your kids should be taken away. She put SIX kids in the BOOT! All you can do is come up with a racist comment.

      dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-10-15 18:56

      I just want to know why are some people dis-liking my comment, are those people condoning what this woman did, even if it's totally wrong!!!! There you have it South Africa we still stand divided and a double standards nation, rainbow nation is overrated and unity is only an imagination in someone’s toes

      brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-10-15 19:56

      I am so with you re your second comment! I don't get what people are on about! I understood your comment completely! Obviously too dof to get sarcasm!

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-10-17 08:50

      @estelle you are no different from Malame,Mugabe,ET,and all other rascist,scumbags of the world.

  • trevor.leon.5 - 2012-10-15 15:45

    if i had a child at this nursery, and i found out that this sorry excuse for a teacher put my child in her car like some type of cattle, i would walk into her school and sjambok the bitch to within an inch of her life!

      manningi1 - 2012-10-16 10:33

      Yeah you would. But you wouldn't offer to help with transport for the next outing they wanted to go on.

  • ceba.mlandu - 2012-10-15 21:01

    I see this is new to some of you. Children get ferried like this all the time in the hood.

  • antiaap.ancgemors - 2012-10-16 07:02


      manningi1 - 2012-10-16 10:36

      Misguided. She should have told the parents to take them to the mall.

  • johnny.wood.509 - 2012-10-16 07:34

    1 kilometer of slow driving. Kids had a fun trip and I bet she drove at a super slow speed. A teacher goes the extra mile to give the kids a treat ( even if slightly misguided) and she gets panned. Get a life you wankers

      Blackpoison - 2012-10-16 08:27

      With you on that one.

      manningi1 - 2012-10-16 10:34

      Agree. Offer transport for next outing or some of the kids don't go!

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-10-16 08:57

    what school was she from

  • jomar.delange - 2012-10-16 23:47

    If that was one of my kids, I'd make sure this woman never worked as a teacher again.

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