Kids see crèche teacher being killed

2013-01-28 15:46
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Durban – A pre-school teacher was stabbed to death and her throat slit in front of her pupils on her way to school, a report by IOL said on Monday.

Zandile Gumede, 41, a teacher at Solwazi Creche in KwaMduku was attacked while walking to school with some of her pupils last Wednesday.

The pupils, some as young as 3-years-old, alerted Gumede's relatives to the crime. They were crying hysterically and had to be calmed down before they could talk.

Gumede, who had taught at the crèche for a year, had left for work with pupils, who are her neighbours’ children, at around 06:30.

"One of the older kids, who is 5-years-old, told us that a man was following them," Vukani Sibiya, Gumede’s nephew told IOL.

 "My aunt had asked the man if she could help him as he had been following them and he said he was looking for his sheep," Sibiya said.

Gumede continued walking and was then attacked.

"The kids said the man attacked my aunt with a knife from behind. He stabbed her several times," he said.

Struggling

Distressed relatives found Gumede’s body at the scene.

"She had so many stab wounds and her throat had been slit."

Sibiya said the family were struggling to come to terms with her death. Gumede had four children.

"Having to explain to them how their mother died was the most difficult part," he said.

Provincial police spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker, said a 32-year-old woman was charged with murder and is due to appear in Obonjeni Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Police would not reveal how the woman was linked to the case. It is believed a man was responsible for killing Gumede.

 
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