The North West Department of Education is sending its heartfelt condolences to the family and school community of the Grade R educator, Penolope Samkelisiwe Nxumalo of Rutanang Primary School in Geelhout Part near Rustenburg who was shot by unknown men at the school gates in the morning of Tuesday, 31 May 2022.

It is alleged that around 06:55 during the arrival of educators and learners, the deceased educator was shot whilst she was still in the car before entering the school gates.

The funeral arrangements for the Rutanang Primary School Educator are as follows:

Time:               08:00
Date:               Sunday, 05 June 2022
*Venue:            Empangeni Civic Centre,Uthungulu Regional Cemetery (KwaZulu – Natal)*

Memorial service details are as follows:

Time:             10:00
Date:             Wednesday, 08 June 2022
*Venue:             Rutanang Primary School Hall in Geelhout Park near Rustenburg*.

The MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the family, staff, learners and parents of the educator.

“This has been a very difficult week in our department. On Tuesday morning we lost our foundation phase educator in an extremely horrific way. Whilst we were still devastated by that incident we lost two Grade R learners from Bloemhof Primary School who died when their private combi lost control on top of the bridge as they were crossing the Bloemhof dam on Wednesday, 01 June 2022 in the morning.

“On behalf of the department I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of our educator and the learners who perished whilst on their way to school, staff and all stakeholders. I am confident that the South African Police Services will find those behind the killing of our educator and brought to book. This would help give the bereaved family closure”, said MEC Matsemela.

The Staff of Rutanang Primary School will leave to Empangeni, KwaZulu– Natal on Saturday, 04 June 2022 to bid their last farewell to their departed colleague.


For more information please contact:
Elias Malindi
Cell: 072 892 8399

Author: tkhechane