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School Principal Shot At School

The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has spoken out against the shooting of a school principal and another incident linked to the crime. According to Provincial education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, learners and staff members at the school saw the shooting take place.

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Two men allegedly drove into the school around 2pm, went to the principal's office and shot him at point-blank range. They then left the school but had some car problems along the way and this is when they hijacked a teacher.

The teacher was allegedly hijacked on her way home and the suspects got away with her car. 

“The suspects fled with their getaway vehicle, which was found on fire a few kilometres from the scene,” said Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker

Police eventually managed to catch the suspects at KwaDolo Reserve in Greytown. A total of six suspects were arrested and police managed to seize weapons, cellphones and the vehicle that the suspects hijacked from the teacher. 

Naicker said the six suspects will be appearing at the Greytown magistrate's court on Monday.

"We are trying by all means as a department of education to ensure that schools are safe, including re-fencing all those schools that were not properly fenced. We have employed community safety volunteer to be in schools and we are also working with the police to ensure that there is police visibility and continuous patrolling from time to time in different parts of our schools." said Mshengu.

He said although the department has been trying to make schools a safe environment, communities need to step in because an incident like the school shooting is a societal problem.

Mshengu has called for communities to be more vigilant and protect schools from being targets where violence can easily take place. 

"We need our communities to claim back their schools to ensure that their schools are safe, to ensure that all these ills that we find in our societies don't spill into our schools because they disrupt teaching and learning"

The school had to cancel Saturday classes for matric learners after the shooting took place, making the learners fall more behind on school work.

Mshengu said the department is offering counselling to learners, parents and teachers who witnessed the shooting.

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