UPDATE | Tembisa deputy principal gunned down in car, shot again while trying to escape

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André Damons
  • A 50-year-old deputy principal was gunned down in the driveway of her Tembisa high school on Friday afternoon.
  • She was allegedly shot while in the car, and again while trying to escape.
  • The Gauteng education department described her as a hardworking, dedicated and committed teacher.

The deputy principal of Phomolong Secondary School, who was shot dead on Friday afternoon, was a hardworking, dedicated and committed teacher, the Gauteng education department said.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said he was devastated by the murder of the 50-year-old deputy principal, who he did not identify.

She was shot while driving out of the school gate.

"Three gunmen suddenly appeared and allegedly shot her three times through the passenger window. Subsequently, she got out of her car, trying to evade the hailstorm of bullets, but she fell just beside the car," said education department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

"One of the gunmen allegedly shot her twice while she was on the ground, and they fled the scene without taking anything from her," he said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said the motive for the murder cannot be confirmed at this stage.

The suspects were still at large.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects were three [people]... in a white vehicle," said Masondo.

Gauteng announced its 2021 matric exam results on Friday.

"Our psycho-social unit will visit the school on Monday, 24 January, to conduct counselling and support to all those affected by this incident," said Mabona.

Lesufi was also scheduled to visit the Tembisa school on Monday morning to get to the bottom of what happened.

He will also visit the deputy principal's family.

"We sincerely wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family and the entire school community. Indeed, the motive of this level of cruelty is unknown, but I'm comforted that this case has been taken over by the provincial SAPS and, as such, we are adamant that the perpetrators will be brought to justice," Lesufi said.

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Police have appealed to anyone with information to contact their nearest police station or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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