Johannesburg: South African media say a high school student stole a bus in a desperate effort to get to his final year mathematics exams.

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According to reports, Le-Aan Adonis got behind the wheel when the driver failed to show up. Adonis told the media that he found the keys in the bus. Other students said they asked the 20-year-old to drive because they trusted he could handle a bus.

The broadcaster said a traffic officer stopped the bus a short distance from the school in a village in the Western Cape province, and fined Adonis fined 5,000 rand (about $361). Adonis faces a school disciplinary hearing.

He has already received offers of free legal representation and donations for his fine. The students arrived on time for their exam.