A primary school teacher was shot dead in cold blood in full view of her pupils on Monday - the woman, a 30 year old Kate Chiloane, was shot by her husband who later shot himself at their home.
Spokesperson for Mpumalanga department of education, Jasper Zwane, told Mail & Guardian that the husband entered her class on Monday morning after lying that he was fetching something from his wife.
"He then shot her but she managed to get away and tried running to the staff-room but he followed her and shot her again outside where she died," said Zwane.
He said the husband then left for the couple's house, which is not far from the school, where he also killed himself.
"The teachers and learners are extremely traumatised. Our team is at the school offering counselling to the teachers and learners and they will be there until everyone has come down," he said.
Zwane said the department would be working hand in hand with the police to try and ascertain the circumstances that had led to the shooting.