Teachers at a Cape Town school are fearing for their safety after a female colleague was stabbed by a robber inside her classroom.
The young woman, who had just started teaching at the Hanover Park school two weeks ago, was attacked on Wednesday morning by a knife-wielding man who wanted her bag.
Ruwaydah Essa, 40, arrived at Summit Primary School just after 7am to prepare for her day’s lessons, and was followed to her classroom by her attacker.
She was alone in the room when the man came in and demanded her phone and cash.
He took her wallet, stabbed her once below her ribcage and then ran off.
Colleagues heard her calling for help and found her bleeding and in shock, and carried her to the office where they waited for an ambulance.
A concerned resident who was at the school says they are shocked by the brazenness of the act.
“We were shocked, she was brand new and still getting used the school. She is a pleasant teacher and came in early to prepare her lessons,” said the witness.
“It was not a pretty sight seeing her bleeding the way she did and then having to make sure the children don’t see.
“We covered up her wounds and moved her to the office to wait for an ambulance.”
The woman says they waited “quite a while” for an ambulance to arrive before Essa was taken to hospital.
“The teachers are now all afraid, there is not enough security at the school.”
According to Jessica Shelver, the spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer, the teacher is now in a stable condition.
“Counselling is being provided to those affected by the incident. The teacher had only been at the school for two weeks,” Shelver said.
“We are going to increase security at the school.”
No charge has been laid with police yet, and Shelver added that no arrests have been made yet.[Source: Daily Voice]