North West teacher gunned down while waiting for bus outside her home, killers on the loose

2019-07-27 11:21

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North West matric teacher Francina Raphokwane, 42, was waiting for her transport to school this week when she was gunned down. 

But the gunmen are still on the loose.

As condolences pour in for the popular teacher, North West police have appealed for help to track down the killers.

The Grade 12 teacher had been waiting outside the gate of her home in Tlhabane, Rustenburg, on Tuesday morning for a bus to take her to Rakoko Secondary School in Mabieskraal Village.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani said Raphokwane was alone when she was ambushed.

"Neighbours who heard gunshots rushed to the scene and found her lying on the ground. The victim was later certified dead on the scene.

It is understood that nothing was taken from the teacher.

"We are appealing to anyone [who has] information to contact the police," said Funani.

'Shock and sadness'

North West Education MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela expressed shock and sadness at her death.

Matsemela said Raphokwane was a dedicated Life Orientation and English teacher.

"On behalf of the department, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the entire family and the school community of Rakoko Secondary School. It is a very difficult moment for the department, since Grade 12 learners will be writing their preliminary examinations in a few weeks.

"Learners have lost a very important person because she provided them with knowledge. The nation without teachers is a doomed nation. The department has lost a passionate and dedicated teacher," said Matsemela.

Raphokwane was fondly remembered on social media.

One of her former pupils, Karabo Robert Mazantsana, shared that she had been one of the best English teachers.

"We lost a mother, motivational guidance, fittest woman. Rakoko will never be the same again. Heaven has gained an Angel. May her soul rest in peace," he said.

Archie Mathibe-Zibi shared his sadness on Facebook, saying "people with the most beautiful hearts, character, humanity", such as Raphokwane, were very rare to find.

The department has arranged counselling for pupils and teachers and the memorial service will be held on August 1 at Rakoko Secondary School.

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