Another tragic incident involving a school teacher has been reported on Tuesday. A 49-year-old educator in Folweni, Durban has been killed after an “unknown male” entered the premises and opened fire. The news comes just hours after we learned that a teacher in the Western Cape had been killed in a robbery.
Durban teacher murder – latest news from Folweni
It is understood that Sboniso Nyawose was the unfortunate target of this attack. He served as a teacher in Grade 7.
The first responders on the scene were Netcare 911. According to Arrive Alive, the paramedics tended to the victim after they received a frantic emergency call from the facility on Gaze Makhanya Avenue. Despite their rapid response, there was nothing that could be done for the teacher, who was declared dead at the scene:
“Reports from the scene allege that an unknown male had entered the school premises and fired multiple shots at a 49-year-old male teacher who was walking down a passage at the time, striking him in the head and abdomen.”
“Netcare 911 paramedics arrived on scene and had assessed the man but unfortunately his injuries were too severe and he was declared deceased. The school has been quarantined by the Folweni SAPS who are on scene.”
Where is Folweni?
The town of Folweni is about 30km outside of Durban and lies south-west of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest township, Umlazi. Gun violence is a big problem in the settlement, but this heinous crime borders on the unthinkable. Schools should be havens for our children, but instead, the elements of danger continue to rise.
The area has been declared a crime scene and has subsequently been turned over to SAPS. An investigation has begun immediately, in order to establish what led to such a violent confrontation.
School safety in the spotlight
This brutal murder comes just a week after we saw students at a school in Johannesburg take their gangland rivalries onto the playground. A Grade 11 learner fatally stabbed a Grade 8 pupil at Forest High School. The suspect was granted bail on Monday, claiming he acted in self-defence.
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— Netcare 911 (@Netcare911_sa) June 11, 2019