Teacher shot, hubby commits suicide

A female teacher was shot by her husband in front of pupils and teachers

THERE was a poor turnout of teachers and pupils yesterday at a Limpopo school where a female teacher was shot by her husband in front of pupils and teachers on Friday.

Only a few pupils and teachers of the Rethabile Primary School in Namakgale, outside Phalaborwa, turned up for school yesterday.

School principal Peter Maake told Sowetan yesterday that the poor turnout could be attributed to the incident on Friday.

Maake said the school had arranged counselling sessions for pupils and teachers who were adversely affected by the incident.

"Until then we do not expect 100 percent attendance because most of them are still trying to come to terms with the shooting drama," he said. "Some of the teachers are still afraid to go to the staffroom, saying it reminds them of the shooting."

Staff member Portia Shikwambane, 33 was shot in the body twice in the staffroom by her husband, Elvis Maenetsa, 35.

The incident took place in full view of teachers and pupils.

"The school gate and fence were broken down when teachers and pupils ran for cover during the shooting," Sowetan was told.

Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said Maenetsa allegedly walked into the staffroom, produced a firearm and shot his wife in the body.

He said after shooting his wife he ran to their house in Namakgale' Score Section, where he took their baby son and disappeared into the bushes.

"The police launched a massive manhunt. Maenetsa's body and that of his son were later found hanging between the branches of a tree. We found a revolver without ammunition next to the tree," Ramatseba said.

He said the police had opened an inquest.

Meanwhile, Shikwambane is understood to be fighting for her life in the intensive care unit of the Polokwane Provincial Hospital.