Teacher's killer was an 'abusive' man

2017-08-15 17:12
Kate Chiloane (Facebook)

Kate Chiloane (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bushbuckridge - "I knew he was abusive, but I never thought that he'd kill her," said a sister of a Mpumalanga teacher who was gunned down by her husband in full view of her Grade 2 learners.

Bridget Chiloane, 37, says she will never forget the image of her sister lying dead on the floor at the school after being fatally shot by her husband, who later committed suicide.

Kate Chiloane, 30, a primary school teacher from Sedibasathuto Primary School in Buskbuckridge, had just moved back to live with her family after separating with her husband.

Speaking to News24, Bridget said the couple were in the process of getting divorced, and the husband, Vusi Mdhluli, could not handle it, after being only married for a year.

"She had moved back home with us when she met her untimely death due to separation within their marriage," said Bridget.

The 32-year-old man is said to have sent threatening messages to his wife, saying that he knew he was going to die, but that he would not die alone.

"He would send lots of messages saying that he was going to die, but he would not let her live; that he would die with her," she said.

"She left too soon but it is all the same because there is nothing that can bring my sister back. Right now, I am emotionless to even hate my brother-in-law for this,’’ she said.

Also read: Victims' Facebook posts reveal harrowing backstory to murder-suicide

School principal Jullian Mboweni said that Mdhluli fired three bullets at his wife when she tried to escape.

"I was called out to witness the argument of the two when I called them into my office to negotiate peace, and I thought that all is well but before I knew it, he pulled out a gun from his jacket while the wife ran for her life…. but it was already too late.. he shot at her with three bullets from her back," said Mboweni.

Mboweni said that they will miss her spirit of compassion, and her love for teaching.

"It looked like teaching was a calling for Kate. She was our youngest teacher at the school but she taught even us older than her the spirit of compassion," she said.

A spokesperson for the Mpumalanga Department of Education, Jasper Zwane, said that teachers and learners are currently receiving counselling.

"We will continue to offer our support until such time we will be convinced that both the learners and teachers have come to terms with what happened," said Zwane.

Read more on:    bushbuckridge  |  women abuse

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

/Sport
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.