Academy Private School deputy principal Dr Anton Diedericks, 57, was shot dead in a suspected hijacking in Mandalay on Tuesday.

A deputy principal not the Principal, who drove a pupil home after she fell ill at school was shot dead in what is believed was an attempted hijacking in Mandalay on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old Dr Anton Diedericks, deputy principal of the Academy Private School in Kuils River, was killed while dropping off a pupil at home.

Police are investigating the incident.

Department of Education’s spokesman Paddy Attwell said: “The attempted hijacking apparently took place after he dropped off the learner and we understand that the incident has traumatised the pupil.

Mandalay Community Policing Forum chairman Susani Tamsana said while hijackings and other contact crimes occurred frequently in the area, those involving a death were rare.

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said a case of murder was under investigation.

No one has been arrested.

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