- Two more teachers have lost their battle against Covid-19 in the Western Cape
- Xolile Siwangaza and Antonia Vumisa have passed away and pupils, colleagues and friends are devastated
- While the region's Department of Education did not confirm the fatalities, it passed along condolences
Two more Western Cape teachers have passed away amid the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
Xolile Siwangaza (Nduli Primary School) and Antonia Vumisa (Iingcinga Zethu Primary School) both taught in Ceres.
Commenting on the death of Vumisa, a family member took to social media to detail what had happened:
“She left home (Gugulethu) where she was safe and quarantined. She went to work and while at work one of the staff members passed on from Covid-19. On June 9, she called us and started to complain about feeling flu-ish and dizzy, with shortness of breath,” a family member posted.
But by Wednesday, Vumisa's condition had deteriorated and the ordeal took a turn for the worst:
“On Wednesday her situation got way worse. Thursday it wasn’t looking good at all. Friday morning past 12 the nurse called us to say they don’t think she will make it. Two minutes just after, Vuyelwa Vumisa passes on.”
IOL reports that Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Kerry Mauchline had weighed in on the incident:
“We can confirm that the two teachers have passed away. Our thoughts go out to their families, friends and school communities."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Congress of South African Students has demanded that students get tested for Covid-19 before they are allowed to re-enter schools.
Deputy Secretary-General Xola Booi explained that the student body is well aware that schools aren't implementing strict controls to protect students from the virus:
“We have decided to shut down the schools as of today because we are demanding testing for all learners that are going to schools, not just screening because screening does not mean that they have been tested. We have a number of schools that we have already identified from all nine provinces.”
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