11 years old boy has accidentally shot Kwanele Zide, his 7years old cousin brother with a firearm allegedly owned by his grandfather. The rather unfortunate incident happened in Libode, the Eastern Cape, South Africa
Confirming the unfortunate incident on 4th October, Colonel Priscilla Naid Eastern Cape police spokesperson, said the deceased and his two cousins, were playing together at their home in Siqikini location when they found a 9mm pistol under the bed on Sunday.
“While one of the children, an 11-year-old boy was fiddling with the firearm, one play leading to another and there was an accidental discharge and a shot went off fatally wounding Kwanele Zide, 7, in his head,” police were investigating the case of murder and that the minor was not arrested.
However, the alleged owner of the 9mm pistol, the deceased 49-year-old 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.
Dladla conveyed his condolences to the family, saying he strongly condemned the negligence involving the firearm and urged communities to assist the authority in leaving no stone unturned in their quest of the proliferation of illegal firearms.
“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.”