Shooting leaves driver dead, teachers critical after taxi ambushed

Shooting leaves driver dead, teachers critical after taxi ambushed

- The driver of a school staff taxi has died and three teachers have been critically wounded

- This comes after a gunman fired shots at the vehicle on its way to Masijabule High School

- At this stage of the investigation, it remains unclear what the motive behind the attack was

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The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has confirmed a tragic shooting on Tuesday morning.

A school staff taxi was heading to Masijabule High School, ferrying teachers to work when the vehicle was attacked by an as yet unknown gunman.

The driver of the taxi was fatally shot and three of the teachers have been critically wounded.

Commenting on the incident, the department revealed that MEC Kwazi Mshengu had attended the scene:

"MEC Kwazi Mshengu attended to the scene at Bruyns Hill near Wartburg where three teachers sustained gunshot wounds and the driver succumbed to his death as a result of the shooting incident. The incident happened this morning while the teachers were on their way to Masijabule School."

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Understandably, seven staff members are in a state of shock after witnessing the violent incident.

This comes at a time when Covid-19 was already placing immense strain on the education system. reported that numerous unions had called for the rest of the academic year to be cancelled with concerns raised over the safety of students and teachers alike.

Schools welcomed back the Grade 7 and 12 students at the beginning of the month, with the next batch expected to return on 6 July.

A high number of schools have already been closed as a result of the pandemic, which has caused over 100 000 infections to date.

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