Family of slain KZN principal devastated

2015-08-27 19:11
Nokuthula Magwanyana. (Picture: Supplied)

Nokuthula Magwanyana. (Picture: Supplied)

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Durban – Two weeks ago Nokuthula Magwanyana, 46, was allegedly told to step down from her position as the principal of Villa Maria Primary School in Pietermaritzburg - or else.

Fearing for her life, she allegedly reported the threats to the police, but on Wednesday afternoon Mgwanyana’s lifeless body was discovered along Table Mountain Road in Bishopstowe. Her body was slumped out of the driver’s door of her maroon Chevrolet.

The lower half of her body was still secured with a seat belt inside the vehicle.

It appeared as if the school principal had been hacked to death with a panga.

Magwanyana’s sister Toyi Mthembu, 54, who travelled from Johannesburg to be with her family, said they were devastated.

Mthembu said she received a phone call from her younger sister Zonke at around 17:30 on Wednesday asking her to call her when she arrived home from work.

"It sounded urgent, but she didn't say anything. Later, I got another call from my elder sister Lulu, she said the same thing and I insisted that she say whatever she wanted to say over the phone."

Mthembu said she had a feeling something was wrong because the family had just buried their mother Bonakele Mthembu, who died from cancer.

"She said, 'Sticks has been killed', and broke down. She was sobbing and she didn't have further details on what had happened."

Immediately after speaking to her sister, Mthembu made calls to find out what had happened and was told that her sister was killed on her way home from school.

"She was pushed off the gravel road and from what I heard from her husband, she had several stab wounds and there was a big gash on her back and it looked like she had been hacked with a panga.

"She was still in the car, but her body was slumped out, she still had her seat belt on. The driver’s window was broken and the door was open. There was a pool of blood on the floor of the driver’s seat."

Mthembu said her sister’s life had been threatened, but she had never confided in her about the threats.

"She was told to step down or else and she ran to the police. When the appointment processes started, she didn't tell me that there were problems.

"She told me once she was appointed that there were problems and I used to tell her that her life was not worth any amount of money or position, she should be careful."

She said her sister was born to be a teacher.

"She loved and understood children, even when we were growing up she always shared her knowledge. She was a loving and kind person, how can one human being do this to another? To a woman?"

Mthembu said she would pray for her sister's killers.

"I am asking God to forgive those that killed my sister. May God bring the Holy Spirit. I want them to know that I forgive them," she said.

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