Tributes pour in as Allen Thompson of National Teachers Union dies

- The president of the National Teachers Union, Allen Thomspon, sadly died today

- While there are only a few details surrounding his passing available at the moment, it has been reported that he succumbed to a short illness

- While South Africans wait for more news about his death, a few of them have already expressed shock and sadness online

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The president of the National Teachers Union (NATU), Allen Thompson, has passed away following a short illness.

At this time there are no details surrounding his death but according to reports, the news of his passing was confirmed by NATU general secretary Cynthia Barnes, who said that details will only be made available to the public once his family has been notified.

Thompson had only been serving as president of NATU for two years after being elected in 2018. Before this, Thomspon had served as deputy president of the teachers union.

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Meanwhile, tributes have already started pouring in for Thomspon. Read a few of them below.

@ElijahMhlanga said:

"I am terribly shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of National Teachers Union President. Allen Thompson to me was a brother and very good friend. We worked together very well. What a loss."

@Thuls57959976 said:

"He was indeed a great leader...He fought for the rights and intergrity of the Educators without compromising them in the process. During covid19 he stood his grounds and addressed hard issues in the education system. RIP."

@drtcey said:

"Sad news indeed... Could listen to Mr Thompson all day during interviews. Damn."

In other news, two young Eastern Cape sisters have tragically passed on days after each other after succumbing to Covid-19-related complications. Bridget and Samantha Stander, who came from Cradock, a small town near Port Elizabeth, died a few days after each other.

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Bridget was only 19 while her older sister Samantha was 27 years old. The news was shared on Facebook by Union High School, a school attended by Bridget, who matriculated from there in 2019.

In the heartbreaking statement, the high school revealed that both sisters had attended Stellenbosch University before their untimely deaths. They also said that Bridget was hospitalised and diagnosed with pneumonia thereafter and she passed on 2 January this year.

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