Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the two families of the educators who were murdered on Monday 21 March, Human rights day. The two teachers were working at Lekgalong Primary School in Ga-rankuwa
Panyaza Lesufi the Gauteng education MEC while passing his message of condolences to the family and colleagues of the late Vumile Princess Mkhize in Ga-rankuwa, said that it is the very difficult for the department because literally every week they have to contact families to say sorry and how difficult some of their staff members or learners are leaving them in a manner that is unexplained.
The whole education sector is heartbroken as we get many messages from teachers unions and School Governing Bodies who request an explanation about what happened.
The uncle of Vumile Mkhize Reggie Buthelezi said that they are heartbroken by what happened to his niece as the family had recently buried her grandmother in December last year. They now have a challenge of taking her body to Kwa-Zulu-Natal for burial as their financially stricken. Education MEC requested the district to step in to help the family with funeral arrangements which will take place on 3 April.
He later proceeded to Winterveldt where he visited the family of the second murder victim Brenda Dimakatso Kgatitsoe where she said that there’s an urgent need as the state to accept that the battle against lawlessness is getting out of hand, there’s an urgent need to stop this and certain things are beyond their control as the state. I call for a new strategy to deal with Gender based violence but to deal with Lawlessness across our society.
The brother of the deceased Mandla Kgatitsoe said that they are very hurt as the family and they are just hoping to be strengthened by God as people come in to comfort the family. He described her late sister as a fun and loving person, who he saw graduating, getting a job and buying herself a car.
“As the family we feel robbed, she was a nice person God loving, easy going and loved fashion. On the day she died she was supposed to be coming home,” said Kgatitsoe.