Shot teachers still in ICU

Three teachers injured, one driver dead following taxi-violence shooting (Supplied)
Three teachers injured, one driver dead following taxi-violence shooting (Supplied)

The three teachers from Masijabule High School in Swayimane who were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday remain in the intensive care unit.

The Grade 12 teachers were shot when a minibus taxi they were travelling in was ambushed by unknown gunmen along the R614 near Wartburg.

It is believed that the shooting is linked to ongoing taxi violence in the Swayimane area. The taxi driver, Mzwandile Mbeje, was killed.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, a source at the school said the other teachers who were also in the taxi were “too traumatised” to return to work on Wednesday. The source said two of the injured teachers remain in the intensive care unit in a Pietermaritzburg hospital and one of them has a bullet lodged in the spinal area. The third teacher had surgery and was transferred to a Durban hospital in a critical condition.

The source, who cannot be named as he is not allowed to speak to the media, said psychologists were sent to the school on Wednesday to counsel teachers and pupils. “No teaching and learning took place today. Everyone is still very traumatised. Teachers have also been in meetings with union representatives.”

While no arrangements have been made yet for temporary supplementary teachers, school governing body chairperson Mzomusha Ngubane said they will be meeting with the provincial Education Department to discuss teaching plans going forward.

“For now, it’s difficult to say what is going to happen because we haven’t met with the department yet. We also don’t know when the other 10 teachers will be returning to school,” Ngubane said.

Meanwhile, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala said yesterday that he has directed the MEC for Transport and Community Safety to present clear plans in the next few weeks dealing with the rampant killings in the taxi industry.

“The provincial executive council calls on all citizens to rise in exposing those behind the latest killings and violent incidents in our province.

“Those behind these dastardly deeds are the enemies of our Constitution as they have no regard for the right to life. These acts of barbarism that are putting into danger the lives of our teachers, pupils, councillors and citizens have outraged all of us,” Zikalala said.

He urged residents to come forward with information that will assist law enforcement agencies so that the perpetrators can be subjected to the full might of the law.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

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