Shock over killing of principal

THE ongoing murders of educators will not prevent the Provincial Department of Education from achieving its goals of improving the standard of teaching and learning.

This is the sentiment of Sicelo Khuzwayo, spokesperson for the Department, reacting to the brutal killing of Mtunzini principal, Joel Nxumalo of Esibhakuza High School.

‘We are hurt by this senseless killing of our educators and feel the pain of losing one of our own, who had served the department for years.

‘On behalf of the MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to both the Nxumalo family and to Esibhakuza High School as a whole.

‘We do note that this untimely death happened at a time when the MEC was busy leading a programme for the improvement of matric results in the province.

‘We hope our law enforcement agencies will work tirelessly to apprehend those responsible for this senseless killing,’ he said.

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According to police spokesperson in King Cetshwayo Cluster Communication, Captain Mbongeni Mdlalose, Nxumalo (42) was allegedly shot and killed by two suspects last Wednesday at about 9pm, while he was at home in Macekane 2, under uMlalazi Municipality.

‘It is alleged the incident occurred when Nxumalo’s brother arrived home driving his motor vehicle. He then noticed two or three armed men in the yard.

‘He shouted for help, and Nxumalo came towards the garage door, asking what was happening and the alleged suspects opened fire. He was fatally wounded and died at the scene.

‘The suspects got away with the deceased’s motor vehicle, a Toyota Hilux and his 9mm pistol.

‘The vehicle was recovered at Empangeni area the following morning. Police investigations showed the deceased was shot with a high calibre firearm (assault rifle),’ he said.

Mdlalose said the motive for the killing was unknown, and urged community members with information on the whereabouts of the suspects, to contact Branch Commander Lt Col Phumlani Ngubane on 082 4998346 or 035 3409800.


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