News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday February 16th 2019

Principal gunned down outside her school office

Sandiso Phaliso

The murder of 52-year-old school principal Nomzoxolo Mandisa Dziba on Monday has sent shockwaves through Sithembele Matiso Secondary school and the Nyanga community. Dziba was found just outside her office with a single gunshot wound to the head around 4.30pm. Nothing had been stolen from her office, and her murder comes after a number of violent incidents – predominantly involving learners – at Western Cape schools.

Gugulethu police spokesperson Elliot Sinyangana said two men arrived at the school in a white Toyota Corolla at around 4pm on Monday and entered the grounds. Sinyangana said Dziba had received a call earlier in the day by someone asking for an appointment with her at 4pm, which is the time which Bambanani volunteers who act as security guards, knock off.

Police were attempting to trace who the caller was, with Sinyangana promising that arrests would follow soon.

At the school on Tuesday morning learners huddled in groups, hugging and consoling each other.

Tearful grade 11 learner Nolubabalo Ntwanambi, 20, said Dziba was “not just a principal” but also “a friend” whom learners could talk to.

Ntwanambi spoke while surrounded by shocked schoolmates, many of whom had tears in their eyes.

She said Dziba had tried to get the best out of every learner at the school and often visited classes to see their progress.

To murmurs of approval from her friends, she said: “She (Dziba) was not just a principal but also a parent whom we (girls) could approach and ask for advice. We have not just lost an adult figure that would have taught us a lot of positive things, but a friend we could share experiences with.”

“It’s a great loss, It came as a shock,” said Asekhona Ntyantyambo, who is in grade 10.

Dziba’s son, Nkululeko Sikhunana, 28, said his mother was a loving person who only wanted the best for the young people of the area.

He said the only consolation was that his mother died doing the work she loved and was best at.

Teachers were too emotional to speak to the media, but one teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she believed the murder was part of an internal political wrangle for Dziba’s post.

“She died as a result of internal politics about the post of the principal. Anything was possible as she was a woman in a position that men had always wanted,” said the teacher.

The teacher said four principals had resigned in the last five years due to internal political fighting.

On Tuesday morning Bambanani volunteers were instructed not to allow anyone to enter the school’s premises other than the staff, education officials, Sadtu executive members and learners.

Western Cape Education Department director Eugene Daniels said they would not be having classes at the school Tuesday. Instead, the department’s trauma counselors would go from class to class counseling the shocked learners and staff.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga and Deputy Minister of Police, Mr. Fikile Mbalula were to visit the school. – West Cape News

Tags: Education, Gugulethu, wced

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4 Responses to “Principal gunned down outside her school office”

  1. Pinky says:

    Justice will be served… And thats all i want.

    The Daughter

  2. THEMBEKA says:

    justice will definately be served, i dread the day these ppl killed a mother, a wife, a granny, a aunt and a friend to most.
    May her soul rest in peace

  3. Sandiso says:

    One of the accused in this murder case, who was a clerk at the school where Mrs Dziba was acting principal, was also charged for defrauding the school hundreds of thousands of rands.
    Reliable sources sources says this accused might have killed Dziba because she launched an investigation into the missing money.
    But, my curiosity, is to know how the family is coping since the death of Dziba, as a year is almost over since her death?

  4. pinky says:

    Guilty and going down to where they belong. No-mans land. Kwasathana.

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