The Educators' Union of South Africa (EUSA) has called for teachers to be allowed to bring guns to school to protect themselves, The Star reported on Wednesday.
The call follows an attack on educator Sboniso Nyawose, 48, who was shot dead on Tuesday morning at Masuku Primary School in Folweni, south of Durban.
"The deceased was allegedly shot dead by two random people who had gained unauthorised access to the school premises. This is besides the fact that the school does have a security guard officially employed by the Department of Education," KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said on Tuesday, News24 reported.
"[This is] the most painful news I have had to deal with since assuming office," Mshengu said.
"Reports from the scene allege that an unknown male had entered the school premises and fired multiple shots at a 48-year-old male teacher who was walking down a passage at the time, striking him in the head and abdomen," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the shooting occurred at 09:00.
"The victim was declared dead at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated."
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Bhengu reportedly added that armed security guards could have prevented the attack on Nyawose.
Last week, the Mpumalanga Department of Education suspended a male teacher at Mabusabesala Secondary School, in Weltevrede near Siyabuswa, for allegedly invigilating a Grade 11 mid-year examination while holding a gun in his hand, News24 reported.