Slain teacher’s family traumatised
THE family of a teacher who was shot by her ex-boyfriend at the weekend says she was not only good in her career, but also the pillar of strength in her family.
Sara Motsitsi, 26, was shot on Saturday at her apartment in Welkom by her police officer ex-boyfriend.
Speaking to The New Age yesterday, her brother Mangena Motsitsi, said that the family were having sleepless nights since the murder. He said that they never thought that such a beautiful soul would die so horribly.
“She was a humble, generous person who never wanted anyone to be hurt, especially children. We were expecting a lot from her as she was also preaching unity among the communities not only at school but also to neighbours.”
The devastated brother said what made matters worse in the family was their cousin Manoto Motsitsi was still fighting for her life at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein.
She was also shot in the head by the ex-boyfriend who then turned the gun on himself.
“This is so painful to the family because Manoto had a good relationship with Sara. We are praying for her to recover. My younger sister loved children, even helping children from needy families by buying them clothes as she believed poverty can be overcome when people are united,” Mangena said.
He said at the time Motsitsi died, she was about to open an IT centre for the elderly and uneducated people in her home town of Parys.
“I remember her telling me that the centre would be assisting elderly people and youth who did not get a chance to study technology.”
Provincial police spokesperson Brig Motantsi Makhele said the ex-boyfriend used his 9mm service pistol to gun down the deceased Motsitsi.
He said the policeman first went to Reitz’s Lakewood Flats where Motsitsi was staying.
“When he arrived he shot his ex-girlfriend in the head and she was taken to the hospital where she later died.
“He also shot at the young woman’s new boyfriend who was at the scene but he missed him,” Makhele said.
He said the constable went to Motsitsi’s cousin in Thabong and shot her as well. She is in hospital.
“The officer was later found dead with his official firearm next to his body at the scene near Maremaphofu School.
“We are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder and (there will be) an inquest. No one was arrested as the likely suspect, who is the police constable, was later found dead,” Makhele said.
Motsitsi won the award for excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in mathematics at the Basic Educations Department-hosted awards ceremony last year.
She won in the same category at the provincial level. She was also the first crop of the top 50 young Free State game changers in 2017.
SORROW: Mangena Motsitsi, brother of murdered teacher Sarah Motsitsi, told The New Age that the family is devastated by their loss.