Principal shot during robbery at guest house


The head of HTS Sasolburg may have to undergo an operation on his leg after he was shot during an armed robbery.

Dirk Coetsee (48) was shot in the leg in the early hours of Friday morning at a self-catering house in Colchester where he and 10 other school principals from the Sasolburg area had gone home for the SAOU principals’ conference which took place in Gqeberha.

Two men gained access to the house around 3:45 a.m. and began collecting personal belongings. Coetsee woke up and started screaming. “A shot was fired in his direction and he was wounded in the knee,” said col. Police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu said.

The suspects fled with seven mobile phones and seven wallets. “At this stage it is not clear how the suspects gained access to the house as there are no signs of forced entry. The police are investigating cases of house robbery and attempted murder.”

According to a statement from HTS Sasolburg, no other principals were injured during the incident, although they were traumatized.

“We as a school would like to thank all the principals of the Vaal River Principals’ Association for their support and assistance in this ordeal, as well as the medical staff of St. George’s Life Hospital for their excellent medical treatment.

“Coetsee will undergo further scans and tests and possibly an operation on his leg, but he is stable and positive.”