A 15-year-old West Rand boy who caused an accident that claimed the lives of four people faces four charges of culpable homicide and his parents could be charged too if they gave him permission to take the vehicle.

The 15-year-old West Rand boy who caused an accident that claimed the lives of four people faces four charges of culpable homicide and his parents could be charged too if they gave him permission to take the vehicle.

reported that the boy, from Monument High School in Krugersdorp, and two friends took the car for a ride. The boy lost control of the car and hit three pedestrians on the pavement, killing them instantly. A passenger in the back seat of the car was also killed after the car hit the brick wall of a public swimming pool complex.

Emergency services personnel used metal cutters to free the boys from the vehicle. The driver and second passenger suffered minor injuries.

The police said they were investigating whether the boy’s parents gave him permission to take the car. If this was the case, they also face charges, but if they did not know then the boy could also face a charge of theft.

The 15-year-old is expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court soon. He was released into his parents’ custody.