- KwaZulu-Natal teacher Tholakele Shandu has died from Covid-19 complications
- Both the Education Department and SADTU have expressed their condolences to the family of the Durban educator
- This comes after the number of confirmed cases in South Africa rose to 1 380 on Wednesday
Both the Department of Education and the South African Democratic Teachers' Union have expressed their sorrow after learning of the passing of a KZN teacher.
Durban's Tholakele Shandu died of Covid-19 complications, according to a statement issued by Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke.
Maluleke called on society, urging citizens not to stigmatise those who contract the virus and their families:
"We call on the society to educate those who are still thinking that the virus knows boundaries and conspiracy theories to abide by the rules and regulations as promulgated by the government and stay indoors."
Shandu, a teacher at Plattdrive Primary School in Isipingo, had been admitted to St Augustine's Hospital twice before her death on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, her children and a friend who had been in contact have all tested positive for the coronavirus.
However, Shandu had not had contact with anyone from her school and staff and pupils alike have been urged not to panic.
Issuing a statement on the loss of life, Minister for Basic Education Angie Motshekga had dubbed the death devastating:
“We will ensure that the families, colleagues and classmates of the learners receive counselling. Losing teachers at a time like this is particularly hard when they are instrumental in ensuring that learning and teaching continue during the time of the lockdown. We send our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Shandu family, learners and teachers of Plattdrive Primary School."
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had confirmed the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa has risen to 1 380.
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