Teacher stabbed for cell phone

2016-05-04 08:32
Hayfields Primary School teacher Alfred Muteiwa, who was stabbed to death outside his West Street home on Friday night.

Hayfields Primary School teacher Alfred Muteiwa, who was stabbed to death outside his West Street home on Friday night. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - Police are on the hunt for a man who stabbed a Pietermaritzburg primary school teacher to death after he foiled their attempts to steal his cellphone.

Hayfields Primary School mathematics teacher Alfred Muteiwa (35), who was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, was slain outside his West Street home on Friday evening around midnight.

The school will be holding a special memorial service for Muteiwa, who was described as a humble, kind and enthusiastic man.

It is believed after Muteiwa was dropped off by a friend, he was walking up his driveway towards the gate when he was approached by an unknown man.

His brother, Never, described the incident as a “robbery that went sour”.

Never alleged that the man tried to rob Muteiwa of his expensive cellphone, but Muteiwa quickly chucked the cellphone through his palisade fencing where it could not be reached.

“I think this move annoyed the robber,” Never said.

The robber allegedly stabbed Muteiwa in the chest before fleeing on foot, leaving him in a pool of blood where he soon died.

Never said Muteiwa was originally from Harare and moved to South Africa in 2010, where he began teaching at a Richmond school until he join Hayfields Primary School.

“He [Muteiwa] was a very kind and welcoming person who was loved by many. He loved soccer and would coach at his schools when he was not spending time with his friends. I would see him every day because I live nearby to him,” Never said.

“It is a terrible tragedy and we still cannot believe it.”

In an e-mail from the Hayfields Primary School management team yesterday, Muteiwa was described as a “self-motivated teacher who strived for excellence in all the tasks that he executed”.

The team said Muteiwa joined their staff in January this year as a Grade 4 and Grade 5 mathematics teacher.

“During this time, he played an important role in the lives of his students and the ethos of our school. His energetic and enthusiastic character added life to the school. His untimely death has left a void in the education system. His friendly smile will be sorely missed by all,” the team said.

A memorial service will be held in Muteiwa’s memory at the school today and the details of his funeral have yet to be established.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said no arrests have been made thus far.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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