Staff, pupils at Philippi school left reeling after teacher shot

Thulani Manqoyi was shot several times while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Heinz Park Primary on Tuesday morning.

FILE: Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - A colleague of a teacher murdered at a Philippi school said that staff and pupils were in a state of disbelief.

Thulani Manqoyi was shot several times while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Heinz Park Primary on Tuesday morning.

Two suspects fled the scene.

A teacher at Heinz Park Primary said that his colleague's death had left the school community reeling.

He arrived at work about two minutes after the shooting.

"He was still breathing when people were checking on him. When the ambulance arrived later on, they couldn't find a pulse," the teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

The deceased grade 6 maths teacher, who had been at the school since 2008, was described as a loving man.

"Mr Manqoyi was always a very sincere, loving person, a soft person, a caring person for his learners and colleagues.

"All the teachers were in shock, people were walking around crying. We don't even know what to do. We sat down in the hall and went back outside and we just can't believe what happened. The principal doesn't even have words," the colleague said.

Teachers and pupils are to undergo trauma counselling.

The Western Cape Education Department's Bronagh Hammond: "The WCED sent its condolences to the family, friends and the school community and counselling support has been arranged for learners and educators. The incident is of course most distressing."

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

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