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When Montshejane Matlala, above, a teacher in Robinsdale, Mpumalanga, left for his home in Daveyton, he was looking forward to his Christmas holiday.
He never got there. Neither did one of his travelling companions, Bomaba Nhlapo. Only their driver, Paulus Maseko, survived to tell the tale.
Their attackers had followed the trio for some distance when Maseko decided it was best to stop.
The attackers then opened fire on their bakkie, Maseko said.
Lebogang Matlala, the murdered teacher's sister, told Sowetan: "There were bullet holes in the windows of the bakkie, both on the driver's and the passenger's sides.
"I could not believe it when the news came that my brother had been killed," she said.
"I saw an opening near his ear when I went to identify him and there was another wound on his neck. Every time I close my eyes I see him in that mortuary."
Matlala was a teacher at Hlakanipha Primary School in Robinsdale. He had been a teacher for 13 years.
The school's principal, Thembe Lukhele, described the murdered man as an admired teacher in the arts and culture department.
"To all of us at the school it is an unexpected misfortune.
"I was with him just a few days before he was killed."