UPDATE | Police hunt suspects after teacher shot dead outside Cape primary school

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Teachers and staff mourn after a teacher was killed in the parking lot of Heinz Park Primary School on September 21, 2021 in Cape Town.
Teachers and staff mourn after a teacher was killed in the parking lot of Heinz Park Primary School on September 21, 2021 in Cape Town.
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  • A Cape Town teacher has been shot and killed outside a primary school in Philippi on Tuesday.
  • Police are still on the scene at the Heinz Park Primary School.
  • Authorities are searching for two suspects in connection with the attack.

Cape Town police are on the hunt for two suspects who allegedly killed a 52-year-old school teacher at the Heinz Park Primary School in Philippi on Tuesday.

Thulani Manqoyi was shot dead in the parking area of the primary school while sitting in his vehicle. 

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said the incident occurred at around 07:45.

"Two unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. Any person with information regarding the murder is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111," Traut said. 

The Grade 6 mathematics teacher had been with the school since 2008. 

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According to the local policing forum, Manqoyi was shot in full view of other teachers and pupils.

"It's understood two males held up the security guards at gunpoint and directly walked up to Mangoyi," said Samora Machel CPF spokesperson Bongani Maqungwana.

He added that the shooting had sent shockwaves throughout the community. 

"We are very distraught and sad as a community. There have been many gang-related shootings specifically in that area close to the school and we are deeply concerned about it," he stressed.

Maqungwana added that the attack appeared to be a well-planned hit.

"It's clear that this was planned very well, they went straight for the teacher. They were waiting for him."

He urged police to follow all the leads to bring the perpetrators to book.

Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Bronagh Hammond told News24 that the incident was shocking.

"The WCED sends its condolences to the family, friends and school community," she said.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 21: Murder sce
A school boy is comforted at Heinz Park Primary School on September 21, 2021 in Cape Town after a teacher was murdered in the parking area of the school.
Police cordoned the Heinz Park Primary school afte
Police cordoned the Heinz Park Primary school after teacher was shot.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 21: Heinz Park
The scene at Heinz Park Primary School on September 21, 2021 in Cape Town after a teacher was killed in the parking lot.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 21: Murder sce
The scene at Heinz Park Primary School on September 21, 2021 in Cape Town after a teacher was killed in the parking lot.

Hammond added that counselling support had been arranged for pupils and teachers. 

"The incident is most distressing. We have no further details on the incident at this stage," she added.


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