SADTU-NW Statement on the shooting and murder of Rutanang Primary School Teacher

1 June 2022

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union in the North West Province (SADTU NW) is shocked and saddened by the news of the shooting and murder of an educator at Rutanang Primary School. It is alleged that the horrific incident happened just outside the school gate in the morning of the 31 May 2022. This incident confirms our long-standing view that our schools are no longer safe for Teachers and Learners.

We continue to call on every member of the society to protect teachers, learners, and education workers. The union implores the community at large to support our campaign of I AM A SCHOOL FAN that seeks, amongst others, to denounce violence in our schools.

Whilst we might not be aware of the motive for the killing, we condemn such a heinous act. We call on the law enforcement agencies to  do everything possible to hunt down, apprehend the perpetrators and successfully prosecute.

We appreciate the swift move by the department of education to send a team of counselors to deal with the trauma affecting staff members, learners, and community of Rutanang Primary School.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the family as well as the school community.

ISSUED BY: SADTU Secretariat


George Themba - Provincial Secretary - 071 385 4659
Masaele Cindi - Deputy Provincial Secretary 063 773 5191