The morning school run erupted into chaos in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town on Monday when a parent was shot dead outside a high school and, in an unrelated shooting, a taxi driver was killed near a primary school a few metres away.
Gilianno Smith, 34, was on his way to meet the principal of Cedar Secondary School, where his son is in Grade 8, at about 7.50am when he was shot several times, allegedly by gunmen in a passing vehicle.
“It is believed that the deceased was standing on the street corner when unidentified suspects in a Toyota Quantum fired several shots fatally wounding the deceased,” police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said.
Smith’s death and the subsequent shooting of a taxi driver near Spine View Primary at about 8.30am have left pupils and parents traumatised.
Van Wyk said the taxi driver is believed to have stopped his minibus in Spine Road to pick up commuters when he was shot by an unidentified suspect.
Smith’s distraught mother, Veronica Smith, said he had been on his way to Cedar Secondary to meet the principal, David Charles, when the shooting occurred.
Mother’s Day was the last time she spoke to her son.
“I am very, very sad. He made me a card (for Mother’s Day) because he believed a bought one wouldn’t express the words he wanted to say to me.”
She said her grandson had walked ahead of his father and arrived at the school unaware of his father’s death.