A Mpumalanga primary school teacher was fatally shot in full view of pupils on Monday. Kate Chiloane, 30, was shot by her husband who later shot himself at their home. The incident occurred at Sedibasathutho primary school near Bushbuckridge.
Spokesperson for Mpumalanga department of education, Jasper Zwane, told Mail & Guardian that the husband entered the Grade Two class Monday morning under the pretence that he was fetching something from his wife.
“He then shot her but she managed to get away and tried running to the staff-room but he followed her and shot her again outside where she died,” said Zwane.
He said the husband then left for the couple’s house, which is not far from the school, where he also killed himself.
Zwane said Chiloane had been with the school for a year after being appointed last year in January.
“The teachers and learners are extremely traumatised. Our team is at the school offering counselling to the teachers and learners and they will be there until everyone has come down,” he said.
Zwane said the department would be working hand in hand with the police to try and ascertain the circumstances that had led to the shooting. What a sad thing!