School principal with big dreams gunned down

2013-05-10 00:00

THE principal of a small rural school with big dreams to create a centre of learning for the area has been murdered.

Inyonemhlophe Secondary School principal ­Nkosinathi Zondi was gunned down at his home yesterday morning.

The school is in a remote, poverty-stricken part of Umbumbulu, 40 km from Durban.

Zondi was the chairperson of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union’s (Sadtu) Mbuso Shabalala region in the lower South Coast.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu sent his condolences.

In an interview with The Witness last year, Zondi sat in the tiny classroom he used as his office because the school lacked an administration block.

He spoke about his “small school” for which he had big hopes, having received a large donation to revamp the school.

“Our toilets are in a bad condition, but we keep them clean,” Zondi said.

He was also quoted as saying: “The environment is not conducive for pupils to take education seriously, but we’re trying to effect change”.

Two of Zondi’s many goals were to make Inyonemhlophe a state-of-the-art learning centre and to improve the school’s pass rate, which he did indeed manage to do last year.

The Witness has learnt that Zondi’s wife was shot dead last year.

Sadtu provincial secretary Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said they were very angry and disturbed by the “brutal, broad daylight assassination”.

“Sadtu feels that its members and leaders as well as teachers are very vulnerable in society … we call upon our South African Police Service and the MEC for Safety and Community Liaison, Willies Mchunu, to commission a high-level investigation into this matter,” Mathonsi added.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said no arrests had been made and police were still investigating the motive.

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