Murder of teacher, poet sends shockwaves across Eastern Cape

The merciless murder of Eastern Cape-born teacher and poet has left a huge gap in both academics and the arts space.

Nomfusi Potelwa, 48, was brutally killed in her home in Dutywa on Tuesday, a day before South Africa celebrated Women’s Day. 

It is alleged that four unknown men entered her house and shot her in the upper body until she died in front of her children.

Potelwa was not only a teacher at Dinizulu Secondary School but was also a well-known poet and singer in the province.

Eastern Cape MEC for education Fundile Gade said the killing took place at her homestead, noting that family and friends are receiving help to cope with grief.

Potelwa’s murder has since sent shockwaves across the province.

MEC for arts and culture Nonceba Kontsiwe said the murder is appalling, especially because it happened as the country is celebrating women.

“She was not just a creative but also a teacher and a community builder. We have suffered a loss as a province,” said Kontsiwe.

“Her murder is appalling, especially as it happened on Women’s Month. It speaks of the ill-mannered society that has no respect for the lives of women and children.” 

The police are investigating a case of murder and no one has been arrested. 

Police spokesperson Captain Siphokazi Mawisa said they have not yet established the motive behind Potelwa’s brutal murder.

“It is alleged that four unknown males entered her house at Govan Mbeki township in Dutywa and shot the deceased in her upper body. She died on the scene,” said Mawisa.

“The motive for her killing is unknown at this stage, however, police investigations are ongoing.” 


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