Western Cape high school principal has died from a gunshot


On Friday, a Western Cape high school principal got shot and died.

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer made the announcement of the death of Zameka Mfubesi of Umyezo Wama Apile High School  in Grabouw.

“I am shocked and saddened by news that we have lost one of our principals to a senseless act of violence,” Schäfer said in a statement.

“Details are currently limited, and we call on SAPS to urgently prioritise the investigation. I offer my deepest condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and the school’s staff and learners. Our district officials have arrived at the school along with counsellors to see how we can support them.”

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Schäfer said the death of Mfubesi was a huge loss for the Western Cape education department.

“[She] is described by her colleagues as having been a dynamic principal and a beautiful person. This is a tremendous loss for her school and for the WCED,” Schäfer said.

“This has been a year when the value and leadership of our principals and teachers has really come to the fore as they handled the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their schools. To lose one of them in this manner is heartbreaking. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time of grieving.”

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