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gunTimeslive reports that the National Teachers Union (Natu) believes the gun attack on Friday on its deputy president in Umhlanga‚ north of Durban‚ was an orchestrated hit.  

Allen Thompson was shot at by a gang of armed assailants as he was entering the seaside town.  He was pursued after he left the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Empangeni for Umhlanga.  According to police‚ Thompson was carrying an undisclosed sum of money, which he was going to use to purchase a car.  Thompson‚ who was hit in the shoulder‚ drove straight to the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital with the gunmen in pursuit.  Natu president Siphosethu Ngcobo said that balaclava-clad assailants followed Thompson into the hospital‚ but when they could not find him‚ rifled through his car - taking with them documents‚ a bag containing cash‚ two laptops and "critical information" related to an "imminent" forensic investigation.  "It is an open secret that we have been championing the call to place the KZN department of education under section 100, where the national department will take over the running of the provincial department," Ngcobo said.  Thompson is recuperating in hospital

  • This report by Suthentira Govender is at Timeslive
  • Read too, National Teachers Union deputy president, ambushed, shot in attack in Durban, at News24


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