President of the National Teachers Union, Allen Thompson, has died after contracting COVID-19.
The teacher union’s Secretary General Cynthia Barnes confirmed the death of Thompson on Monday.
“We are heading to the family in Newcastle to get more details on the president’s death and will communicate further,” said Barnes.
In 2018, Thompson was shot at on the shoulder, surviving an assassination by armed men in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
After he was shot, he was able to get to uMhlanga Hospital for urgent treatment.
He was elected president of the union in 2018 after serving as the deputy President.
The Department of Basic Education’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said he was shocked to learn of Thompson’s death.
“We worked very well with Natu as a union and with Thompson, he was a good leader,” said Mhlanga.
(SOURCE: Inside Education)