The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has condemned the shooting of the principal of Somashi High School in Msinga, uMzinyathi District.
The school principal was allegedly gunned down in his office on Friday, in full view of learners and educators.
Those suspected of involvement have been arrested.
“As the KZN Education Department, we strongly condemn this barbaric act as school principals are regarded as mentors and guardians to learners. We maintain a tough stance towards any form of violent crime in our education system,” says MEC Kwazi Mshengu.
He is hopeful that justice will prevail.
“A delegation of senior departmental officials have already been dispatched to the school to gather more information and provide the necessary support. ”
The principal’s killing isn’t the first at the school. In 2010, a teacher was gunned down in front of his living quarters within the school premises. That incident had come weeks after a principal was stoned to death at Muden, also in Umsinga.
A 34-year-old female constable stationed at Lephalale SAPS, in Limpopo, has shot and killed her husband.
She also wounded her teenage daughter before turning a gun on herself.
According to the police, the constable had had an argument with her 34-year-old husband before fatally shooting him nine times with a service pistol at Kloppenheim, in Onverwacht.
She then left for Mokopane to an area called Ga-Mokaba and burnt their house. She later called the police, informing them about the shooting and promised to hand herself over. However, she instead drove to Nellmapius Section in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, where she shot her 17-year-old daughter, before turning the gun on herself.
She succumbed to the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Her daughter, who is in matric, survived the incident.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened an inquest into the matter. – Report by Ratlou Mabula