Slain teacher’s fam­ily trau­ma­tised

The New Age (Free State) - - FREE STATE NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­

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.

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