Primary School Headmaster Shot Dead In Front Of Pupils

Primary School Headmaster Shot Dead In Front Of Pupils
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi (Right) near the dead headmaster's car

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a primary school headmaster in front of pupils in Ennerdale, South of Johannesburg.

The shooting on Friday morning of the headmaster of Buyani Primary School in Finetown is the third such incident targeting school principals in the area in recent months.

Police arrived at the school around 7am to find the headmaster slumped in his car with gunshot wounds.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela said: “On arrival, they found a Mercedes-Benz idling, and on the driver’s side there was a man who was shot several times”.

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi condemned the fatal shooting, saying: “We are extremely shocked and outraged at the news of the school shooting in Finetown this morning.

“We condemn the shooting of the principal of Buyani Primary and send our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

The headmaster was murdered in front of the primary school children leaving them traumatised.

Lesufi said his department was providing counseling for the affected children.

There has been no let-up in violent crimes in South Africa, with recent statistics showing a spike.

Last month, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that “4 976 people were killed in the first three months of 2021”.

The education MEC urged the police to bring those responsible for the headmaster’s shooting to book.

The school has CCTV surveillance which captured the shooting..