A teacher was shot dead at a Western Cape primary school on Wednesday.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said the woman was allegedly shot at Middelpos Primary School in Saldanha Bay by her ex-husband.
The man then pointed the gun at himself and pulled the trigger.
Both succumbed to their wounds.
“Learners who witnessed the incident are greatly and understandably traumatised‚ as are the teacher’s two children‚” said Schäfer.
“Western Cape Education Department officials‚ including Safe Schools officials‚ were immediately dispatched to the school,” said Schäfer.
She added that the school made the decision to dismiss learners early.
“A school psychologist and social worker will be dispatched to provide counselling for those who are in need of assistance‚ or witnessed the event,” said Schäfer.
The police are on the scene. Counselling and support has provided by the department.
“I am deeply disturbed by the unspeakably tragic incident. My heartfelt condolences go to the teacher’s family‚ friends and the school community,” said Schäfer.