A 7- year- old boy who goes by the name Kwanele Zide, was accidentally shot to death by his own 11- year- old cousin in Libode, the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The sad incident was confirmed by the Eastern Cape police spokesperson namely Colonel Priscilla Naid, on the 4th of October this year where he said that the deceased and his two cousins, were together playing at their homestead in Siqikini location when they found a firearm under the bed on the 3rd of October which was Sunday.
” While one of the children, an 11- year- old boy was fiddling with the firearm (a 9mm pistol), a shot went off fatally wounding Kwanele Zide, 7, in his head, It is further alleged that the firearm belonged to his 49- year- old grandfather. The grandfather was arrested and detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is expected to appear in the Libode Magistrate’ s Court soon. ” She said.
According to Naidu, the police were investigating a case of murder and that the suspect was not arrested at the moment due to some considerations.
” A case of murder was opened. The 11- year- old minor was not arrested. Ownership of the firearm is yet to be established. ”
Major- General Zithulele Moses Dladla, who is the Eastern Cape acting provincial police commissioner, was also expressed shock at the incident.
He further conveyed his condolences to the family of the gone minor saying that he strongly condemned the negligence involving the firearm.
” Every day a loved one is brutally murdered with a firearm. It is even sadder when families have to mourn the death of children through unfortunate incidents such as this one, all because of a firearm and very often an illegal firearm that would change a family’ s life forever. ” He stated
The deceased is currently at the mortuary whiles the family prepare for his final burial.
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