The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and the Kwa-Zulu Natal MEC for education Kwazi Mshengi have conveyed their condolences to the family of the teacher who passed away as a result of the coronavirus.
The Education department says the 45-year-old teacher from Platt Drive Primary in Isuphingo died yesterday after testing positive several days ago.
Meanwhile, another teacher from the same school has also tested positive.
The department advised that all those who may come into contact with the deceased are advised to present themselves for testing.
A 14-year old leaner, related to one of the two teachers, in Grade 9 at Ogwini High Shcool in Umlazi Township south of Durban has also tested positive.
KZN Education MEC Mshengu says he was saddened by the news of the passing of the teacher.
“This is another sad reminder that we need to take the necessary steps and be extra cautious during this time. We really need to also take heed of the government’s call for social distancing, hygiene practices and staying safe. It can really happen to anybody and for that reason let’s ensure that we do all that we can to stop the spread of the virus,” he said