Teacher hacked to death in front of class

2011-11-16 09:50

Polokwane - A primary school teacher has been hacked with a panga in front of a classroom full of pupils in Matlala, near Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the 53-year-old man was teaching at Masehlong Primary School when his brother walked in and attacked him on Tuesday.

She said some of the pupils tried to stop the assault, but it was too violent.

The teacher was taken to hospital, but died shortly after arrival.

His 40-year-old brother was arrested and charged with murder. He was expected to appear in the Matlala Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts.

  • shiraazz - 2011-11-16 09:57

    Brother???? WTF

      Matthew - 2011-11-16 10:13

      Welcome to Africa

      Bardy - 2011-11-16 10:30

      Savage to say the least!

      Buti - 2011-11-16 10:37

      These type of things happen all over the world, when the happen in Africa people want to internalize them as african problem, that is a clear indication of how uniformed and unaware people are outside of their own country and outside the continent. It is a trend to shoot and kill fellow students in the USA but when it happens in africa, all african are labelled as barbaric... let's read, watch informative programmes on TV or even do general research of the world we live in and being objective with that. A father kidnaps and keep his daughter for more than 40 years in some hole and fathers 6 children with the daughter, were it to happen tomorow, it will be internalised as an african problem, and by the way, Malema is not to blame for everything or anything... address the issue and not the person or persons based on the ethinicity...

      Richy - 2011-11-16 10:39

      You're right

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-11-16 11:01

      @Buti. I am not going to jump on that "only in Africa" wagon. It is not addressing the problem. I am going to state that South African's social well being is up to sh#t. We are losing our moral high grounds day by day. Yes, we have a lot of factors that can influence it in SA, but we need to address our value system. When that is healthy we will sort all our other problem out faster. We need to restore respect and increase education. We need to follow a better system of order. Law, only, will not do it for us. It is system that start at home, communities, etc. There is hell of a difference between self righteous and self-respect.

      Youefoh - 2011-11-16 11:11

      AFRICA, Say no more!

  • smahlaba - 2011-11-16 10:00

    Crazy mofo of a brother. May the teacher rest in peace.

      bounca363 - 2011-11-16 10:35

      maybe it was a "you slept with my wife....." kinda story, we dont know the reason why he hacked him to davey jones locker.

  • Sad Sack - 2011-11-16 10:00

    Only in SA.................????

      1CRAZYONE - 2011-11-16 10:21

      @ Tony 'Hacked brother in classroom with a panga' that is very different to committing suicide????????? If you having a problem with someone (or with yourself) sort it out with CONVERSATION not with friggin violoence!!!!!!!! And not in a classroom with an traditional african weapon!

      marazor - 2011-11-16 10:31

      Apparently this is not only in South Africa

      alnkabinde - 2011-11-16 10:43

      Thank you Sad Sack. British teachers were attacked by their own students, to such an extent that there would be a line drawn in front of the class protecting him from the Barbaric pupils in his class. Chldren in the States commit such atrocities all the time, and then stupid fools like Matthew comment "Welcome to Africa"

      alnkabinde - 2011-11-16 11:02

      @Matthew Farmers in New Zealand do the same thing to their sheep. So maybe YOU shouldn't generalise.

  • peter.erasmus - 2011-11-16 10:00

    Only in Limpopo!!! in a world of there own.

      Gladys - 2011-11-16 10:52

      What about the poor white lady how was kill by babaric white man in pretoria peter.erasmus

  • tbooze - 2011-11-16 10:01

    he must have slept with his wife ,sad story

      Aisha - 2011-11-16 10:18

      That's what i'm thinking

      Deon - 2011-11-16 10:34

      Nothing can justify this, not even if he killed the queen.

  • TrueTenacity - 2011-11-16 10:05

    Not exactly the best thing to be showing children...

  • rbphiri - 2011-11-16 10:05

    Killing your own flesh and blood In broad daylight In front of primary school pupils; well there must be seriously something wrong with the suspect upstairs or the sibling rivary may have been a seriously heated argument prior to the murder. What makes such crimes so heinous is that in most cases the motive is greed or something either stupid or senseless.

  • Rudie - 2011-11-16 10:07

    Slipknot can not be blamed for this one.

      Matthew - 2011-11-16 10:26

      Black metal lol

      Marion - 2011-11-16 10:36

      Matthew this is not the forum to crack jokes. Someone died here and children are totally traumatised. Show some humanity.

      Matthew - 2011-11-16 10:53

      The same humanity the subjects show each other. Get over the self righteousness, it is really not flattering.

      Omnivore - 2011-11-16 11:17

      @ Matthew - You are a pathetic and self-righteous slimeball.

  • Bonokwakhe - 2011-11-16 10:08

    That province needs serious prayers, I am telling you. Everything is upside down, I call for devine intervention.

  • Charlie - 2011-11-16 10:09

    Bottom of article "are you there? send us eyewitness accounts"

  • Machiavelli - 2011-11-16 10:12

    The only thing I have learned is crime knows no colour nor race, Dr.Shipman from GB was not black or Jack the Ripper.Crime is crime period.

      jpstrauss - 2011-11-16 10:23

      It is better to be feared than loved, mos.

      Gladys - 2011-11-16 11:06

      acxactly Machiavelli

  • phakiso.shadrack2 - 2011-11-16 10:16

    He killed his brother with a panga in full view of pupils in the classroom, this world.

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  • Kevin - 2011-11-16 10:21

    Absolute Savages....weapon of choice for africa!!!

  • Ally - 2011-11-16 10:25

    Will the Education department provide trauma counselling for thos poor children? Horrific experience!

  • BMcB - 2011-11-16 10:28

    “Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts.” Seriously news24, in this case too!

  • pietdrivers - 2011-11-16 10:29

    That was lesson no 1 for the kids.... DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR BROTHERS WIFE

  • uboya-ibhola - 2011-11-16 10:31

    And that is how you know you're in Africa!

  • lcoggon - 2011-11-16 10:32

    Just no respect for life in Africa.

      alnkabinde - 2011-11-16 11:10

      Don't say in Africa. Human beings as a whole have no respect for human life regardless of race, religion or continent. People have lost their values. Parents raping their own kids for years, kids killing their parents for money, brothers hacking each other. Just look at things holistically!

      Omnivore - 2011-11-16 11:26

      @Icoggon: Stop the implied racism. Most of the people murdered in wars and genocide over the last 100 years lived in Europe and Asia. Yes, we have a crime problem in SA today but have a sense of proportion. WW1 and WW2 killed 30m people. Stalin killed as many too. So did Mao. The human race is ultimately an equal opportunity scourge.

  • Marion - 2011-11-16 10:34

    Those poor kids must be totally traumatised. I hope that they get proper counselling. May he RIP and his brother get the punishment he deserves. What savagery exists in SA when people hack/torture their own relatives to death. Sincere condolences to the family who will also be traumatised by such an horrific incident.

  • Steven - 2011-11-16 10:36

    Madness really. This sort of barbarism has no place in modern society, regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion. When my brothers and I have a disagreement/fight (verbal never physical) we usually settle them with a beer or joint or both ;)

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  • Chantalle - 2011-11-16 10:38

    I just feel so sorry for those kids to witness something like that

  • Gareth - 2011-11-16 10:38

    I dnt see the point of him going to court,just put him in a cell, no paper work or time wasted!

  • Marion - 2011-11-16 10:40

    I come from a family with 3 brothers, 3 brothers-in law, numerous male granchildren, all of whom are adults, and no matter what our beef none of them have ever been physical with each other. Where no verbal reconciliation possible just reduce the amount of contact you have with each other.

  • Charity - 2011-11-16 10:40

    'My people perish for lack of knowledge', Limpopo need a little bit of education!!!!

      Kholofelo Theko - 2011-11-16 11:03

      Charity, what are u trying to say? What knowledge does a 40 year old lacks? Pure criminality, it happens everywhere, everyone knows they are not supposed to commit offense, let alone murdering someone else.

  • opinionater - 2011-11-16 10:45

    the brother was arrested?? why not kill him too???!!!

  • Ernestine - 2011-11-16 10:47

    What the hell??????? And the kids??? Please tell me they're receiving counseling after witnessing something like that? Brave kiddies, trying to help. Oh man, what a thing to happen... :( No matter what the reason was, it doesn't justify killing. And certainly not in front of a classroom full of children.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2011-11-16 10:48

    Teachers should arm themselves and get danger pay!

  • UlaGillion - 2011-11-16 10:52

    Tragic for the family and the school kids. Just wonder how he got onto the school grounds armed with a panga. No security?

      Van - 2011-11-16 11:02

      Are you se rie ass

  • Heini - 2011-11-16 10:54

    Yah, and we not supposed to say this place is going down........sigh!

  • Herman - 2011-11-16 10:55

    Same weapon as used on ET, they should ban the panga with the okapi from these dudes.....

  • Steven - 2011-11-16 10:59

    In the States most of our public schools now have police manned metal detectors at the entrances. Maybe something the S.A government can look into putting in place? I'm not from here so i wouldn't know what will work for your country but we also have a lot of psycho's who would do such things if they could do. (Well its been done but with guns not knives). But i don't understand why anyone would brutally murder their own brother in front innocent primary school kids. Terrible tragedy for all involved, including us. No place for this sort of medieval behavior.

  • Innis - 2011-11-16 11:00

    This is the sort of crap we want to build a new nation with. Well done mate. It just proofs that it isn;t possible.

  • Barbicus247 - 2011-11-16 11:00

    Introduce capital punishment.that is the only solution to this problem.SA is the only nation in SADC struggling with murder cases.there ought to be a deterrent, a life for a life.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-16 11:04

    Bloody savage!! What goes on in people's minds to think they can hack someone to death? Is it a rite of passage now??

  • Kevin - 2011-11-16 11:05

    What a distributing story I feel sorry for the pupils who had to witness this orderly .And people must stop labelling African as the only place that such scenes happen I have read similar stories or even worst happening in Australia ,Canada and other European countries .

  • verna.vwyk - 2011-11-16 11:07

    In front of the kids!!!! Lock him up for life!!

  • Richard - 2011-11-16 11:09

    Sick society we live in - a life is worthless - totally worthless.

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  • miss.pandalemming - 2011-11-16 11:22

    I'd love to know how one gets away with waltzing into a school with a panga...

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