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Tembisa School shooting: ‘We feel REALLY scared,’ says teacher

Thembisile Ndengane, a deputy principal at Phomolong Secondary School, was killed by unknown gunmen on school premises

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Teachers at a Tembisa school say they’re now living in fear after their own was gunned down on school grounds.

Thembisile Ndengane, who was a deputy principal at Phomolong Secondary School, was driving out of the school premises on Friday, 21 January 2022, when gunmen pounced on her and shot at her car multiple times.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng have already launched a murder investigation and the motive for the killing remains unknown. The province’s Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school as well as Ndengane’s family on Monday, 24 January to pay his respects and offer support.

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Ziphokazi Mgubuli, who is a teacher at the Tembisa school, says she is worried that Thembisile Ndengane may not have even been the intended target – and that the perpetrators, who are still on the loose, could attack any of them.

She was also at school at the time of the shooting.

“We don’t even know if the hit really was for her, or it was a mistake or they wanted somebody else. So we feel really scared, I must say. When we go out of the yard, we just don’t know what is really happening. If somebody comes, we just panic. That is just how I am feeling,” Mgubuli said.

The shooting has prompted concerns over the safety of teachers, especially on school premises – but Lesufi says there isn’t much the department can do because fiscally, the lion’s share of their budget goes towards paying educators.

The MEC has acknowledged that lack of safety is a serious matter and says they have invested in e-security services, but only 137 out of the more than 2 000 schools have been covered.

“People should understand that departments of education and health receive large chuck of the budget but 80% goes to salaries and we are left with 20% which is used to build schools, buy stationery and also pay for water and lights”

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi

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