- The learners of Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa, on the East Rand are mourning the tragic loss of their deputy principal
- Thembisile Ngendane, 50, was gunned down by three men outside the school on Friday, 21 January
- Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school on Monday, 24 January to address the learners and staff following the incident
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A group of learners at Phomolong Secondary School in Tembisa, on the East Rand paid tribute to their beloved deputy principal who was killed in a brazen shooting outside the school on Friday, 21 January.
The late Thembisile Ngendane, 50, was gunned down by three men outside the school.
There has been an outpour of condolences on social media for the late educator. Video clips of a special assembly held at the school have been shared online and see emotional learners joined together in song as they hold lit candles and balloons.
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It is said that learners and staff are calling for justice following the tragic incident.
Reports confirmed that the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school on Monday, 24 January.
“South Africans don't understand what it takes to prepare a good teacher or the role our educators are playing to nurture our children. I felt I need to come to you educators and to be in the same space and same room with you to express how deeply hurt we are.
“It can't be business as usual when a deputy principal has been killed, especially because you don't even know if you are safe. Police have assigned a task team to track the perpetrators within 72 hours,” Lesufi said, reported Sowetan Live.
SAFM also reported that the deceased's family was still reeling from shock at the incident.
Memorial service held for 2 'inseparable' grade 10 learners killed in murder suicide
Briefly News previously reported on a memorial service was held on Tuesday for the two Lesiba Secondary School boys who died tragically in an accidental murder-suicide in the Ekurhuleni township of Daveyton, Benoni, on their first day back at school on 12 January.
At the service, which saw Ekurhuleni education district director Busi Luthuli in attendance, mourners described the two friends, Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukisa Majola, as having had a bond that bordered on brotherhood.
At the time of the incident on Wednesday last week, the duo had reportedly snuck out of school with a third boy who attended the same school, TimesLIVE reported. They headed to Zukisa's home, and after arriving, the former showed his two friends a revolver belonging to his late grandfather.
Source: Briefly News