Unions' growing concerns over teacher safety

Unions' growing concerns over teacher safety

Unions have expressed anger with one saying educators need guns to protect themselves, following yesterday's murder of a teacher at a primary school in Folweni, south of Durban. 

Folweni fatal shooting
The scene of a shooting at a school in Fowleni, south of Durban, where 48-year-old Sboniso Nyawose was shot dead. Photo - SA Police

Siboniso Nyawose was shot on the premises of Masuku Primary School yesterday morning.

Police say his assailant fled in a getaway car driven by another suspect. The motive is not yet known.

General Secretary of the Educator's Union of SA Siphiwe Mpungose says teachers should be able to defend themselves when they come under attack.

"We have been seeing this happening - year in and year out, every month, and every week. Teachers are beaten and killed - we can't accept it anymore. We cannot continue to be silent and fold our arms. We are responding fire with fire as of now. Teachers must defend themselves. This employer is clearly not going to protect us," Mpungose said. 

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NAPTOSA's Thirona Moodley says more security is needed at schools.

"We need to consider fencing in schools, boundary walls, access control and most importantly - what Naptosa has been calling for many years - security guards at school. If we have sufficient security in schools and measures in place that prevent outsiders from walking into schools, we will prevent the violence that learners are being exposed to," Moodley said.  

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