Teacher shot dead in class

Teacher shot dead in class
Deputy principal and acting principal of Laduma High School in Mpumuza Priscilla Mchunu was gunned down in front of her Grade 12 pupils during her weekend lessons on Saturday. (Facebook)

Pietermaritzburg- The deputy principal of a Pietermaritzburg high school was gunned down in front of her Grade 12 pupils during her weekend lessons on Saturday.

Priscilla Thembelihle Mchunu (54) was the deputy principal and also acting principal at Laduma High School in Mpumuza, Edendale.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said Mchunu was teaching a Grade 12 class on Saturday at around 11 am when two men came into the classroom and opened fire on her.

“Police found 19 cartridges from the firearms at the crime scene. She sustained multiple wounds on her head and was declared dead at the scene,” said Ngobese.

Sibusiso Ntuli, who is Mchunu’s nephew, told The Witness that the family had been living in Boughton with her two children, her mother and her brother.

“We are heartbroken. We are all still shocked and confused as to how this happened. She was a good person and I don’t understand why anyone would want to kill her,” said Ntuli.

Ntuli described Mchunu as a hard worker and a family person.

He said Mchunu was a history teacher who dedicated most of her time to teaching and would sometimes give lessons on the radio.

She had also spent more than 20 years teaching at Laduma High School.

“She played a huge role in this family. Whenever she was around we knew that everything would be taken care of. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.”

Ntuli said they are hopeful that the police will catch the culprits and pleaded with anyone with information to take it to the police.

MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal Mthandeni Dlungwana rushed to the school on Saturday where he met with the community and local leadership.

“We are shocked about this tragic incident involving our dedicated educator who had sacrificed her time to teach the children of our nation. Our prayers are with the family of the deceased during this difficult moment,” said Dlungwana.

Ngobese said the police are investigating a case of murder but no one has been arrested yet and the motive for the murder is unknown.

“We are doing our best to catch these criminals,” said Ngobese.

Mchunu is survived by her son and daughter who are both in their early twenties.

Social media reacts to murder

Social media was flooded with condolences and heartfelt messages about the local teacher, Priscilla Mchunu, who was shot dead in front of her pupils.

Sboniso Maphumulo said: “… Our lives as teachers are always at stake while we are required to perform at the best of our ability. Our government needs to ensure our safety at schools before it’s too late. May her soul rest in peace.”

Zamakajobe Sithole said: “People are so cruel. How can someone shoot a woman with five bullets? Yes she was strict with learners but she didn’t deserve to die like this.”

Chris Thenjwayo said: “RIP MaPri. Be comforted Mchunu family, the learners who saw her die in front of them, Laduma and Mpumuza community.”

Zolani Msizeni Duma wrote: “I am absolutely stunned by the tragedy which saw Miss Mchunu losing her life in front of Laduma High pupils.

“She was a mother, teacher, mentor, historian, social scientist and a guardian."

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Tx 210boy
Tx 210boy
Mar 20
terrible
Charmaine Hatch
Charmaine Hatch
Mar 20
May God bless her family and friends.
Clay Caddo
Clay Caddo
Mar 20
on
Evangelist Rosier L. Coplon
Evangelist Rosier L. Coplon
Mar 20
I'M TRUSTING GOD TO TOUCH WHO EVERY DID THIS GOD WILL TROUBLE THERE HEART'S IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE ASK YOU TO COMFORT THE FAMILY AN GIVE THEM PEACE WE STAND ON YOUR PORMISE OF HEALING AN FORGIVENESS IN JESUS NAME AMEN
Charles Lewis
Charles Lewis
Mar 20
@Evangelist Rosier L. Coplon
amen
Sharon Jackson
Sharon Jackson
Mar 22
@Charles Lewis
Some one , Knows. Something. about this. Lady.losing her life like this It is very heartbreaking indeed Please may the Almighty show those that are in fact responsible for this woman losing her life like this. Up , So they may began to pay for what they have done here and yes may God comfort her Love Ones and all others whom Cares so much and will be touch by the lost of her
Norma Stepheson
Norma Stepheson
Mar 20
rip jesus help us amen
Annette Montemayor
Annette Montemayor
Mar 20
Thats why cameras should be in classrooms. To protect our children from abusive teachers. I was sexually harassed by a teacher in the classroom in the seventh grade. Some of theses teacher dont teach anything we are in school to learn. But are stuck in a class with preditors and sexually harassers.
McWell Hogue
McWell Hogue
Mar 20
@Annette Montemayor
are you on the right post. go troll somewhere else. think younposting on the wrong article
Annette Montemayor
Annette Montemayor
Mar 20
Cameras on school grounds to protect our children from preditors and bully's.
Marie Tripi
Marie Tripi
Mar 20
God bless her!
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
Mar 20
So sad good BLESS HER.
Paulette Darby
Paulette Darby
Mar 20
AMENNN
Elijah Kita Morgan
Elijah Kita Morgan
Mar 20
Gof bless her family as im sure this is a trying time for them and all conserened...Amen
Juliana Jackson
Juliana Jackson
Mar 20
She was all those good things yet someone wanted her dead........hummmm!
Henrine Eubanksubanks
Henrine Eubanksubanks
Mar 20
GOD HAVE MERCY! SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN TO YOUR LOVE ONE. LORD STRENGTHEN HER FAMILY IN JESUS NAME....
Thule Zwane
Thule Zwane
Mar 20
This just broke my heart. My friend's mother
Sharon Jackson
Sharon Jackson
Mar 22
@Thule Zwane
I have never heard of this place No but it doesn't mean there is 👎 such place. there are many places on this here Earth we may never ever know of doesn't mean they are not here
Odell Taylor
Odell Taylor
Mar 20
On a Sattuday, probably on her time to help others
Samuel Toins
Samuel Toins
Mar 20
sorry for y'all luck may God be with y'all have my prayers
Jackie West
Jackie West
Mar 20
This is so sad. Just cowards. If they dont pay here they will surly pay in hell.
Anthony Ball
Anthony Ball
Mar 20
either this was the boy friend who could not handle breaking up or she old some money and did not pay up
Bernadette Butler
Bernadette Butler
Mar 20
may her soul rest in peace and the God i serve bring justice for the family
Dean L Rachel
Dean L Rachel
Mar 20
GOD BLESS HER FAMILY