News | National Teachers Union president Allen Thompson dies

NATU president Skhumbuzo Allen Thompson has died.

NATU president Skhumbuzo Allen Thompson has died.

  • NATU president Allen Thompson has died.
  • The basic education department said his death was a loss.  
  • Thompson survived an assassination attempt in 2018. 

The National Teachers’ Union (NATU) has announced that its president Allen Thompson has died. 

In a statement on Facebook, NATU said: “We would like to formally inform you that our president, Mr SA Thompson has passed away. Further details will be furnished to you in due course. May his soul rest in peace.” 

READ | National Teachers Union deputy, ambushed, shot in attack in Durban

Department of Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga also confirmed the news. He said he was shocked by Thompson’s death. 

NATU secretary Cynthia Barnes said they would give an update after consulting with Thompson’s family later in the day. 

In 2018, Thompson survived an assassination attempt on his life when he was attacked by heavily armed men while travelling from Empangeni to Durban.

At the time of the attack, NATU had been calling for the KwaZulu-Natal education department to be placed under administration. Thompson was shot at through the driver’s front window and struck in the shoulder.

He managed to drive himself to uMhlanga Hospital while still being pursued by his attackers.

The attackers followed him into the hospital and, when they couldn’t find him, stole documents, money and two laptops from his car.

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