Durban - Pandemonium broke out when unknown gunmen stormed into a Grade 6 classroom at Luvisi Primary School in Nquthu on Tuesday, shooting dead the deputy principal, Vusi Ntombela, 47, and 12-year-old pupil Elizabeth Nhleko.
Elizabeth suffered a serious chest wound and died in hospital, while fellow pupil Bongumusa Cele, 12, was said to be in a critical but stable condition on Tuesday afternoon.
The traumatised children reportedly scurried for cover as the gunmen sprayed bullets towards Ntombela, who suffered five gunshot wounds.
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said the pupils had been sent home for police to conduct their investigation.
“We are calling for calm and for people to stop speculating about the motive for the killings because that is now subject to police investigation. We will be sending a team of psychologists to the school for a trauma debriefing,” he said.