A 7-year-old boy, Kwanele Zide, was accidentally shot dead by his 11-year-old cousin in Libode, the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naid, who confirmed the incident on Monday, October 4, said the deceased and his two cousins, were playing together at their home in Siqikini location when they found a firearm under the bed on 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,” Naid said.
“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.
Eastern Cape acting provincial police commissioner, Major-General Zithulele Moses Dladla, expressed shock at the incident.
Dladla conveyed his condolences to the family, saying 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 said.