Press Esc to close
Wednesday 20 September 2017
News updated at 2:26 AM IST

6 year-old girl shoots playmate in South Africa

Johannesburg, Aug 26, 2013, (PTI) 18:25 IST
File Photo
A six-year-old girl shot and killed her friend with her grandfather's revolver while playing at a private game reserve in South Africa.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the victim, Sibongile Moima, was playing with her six-year-old friend at a private game reserve where her father, Piet Moima, is the foreman, state-run news agency Sapa reported.

Traumatised by the incident, the girl's grandfather, at whose house the shooting occurred, tried to commit suicide by hanging himself yesterday morning, it said.

The girl's grandfather had allegedly taken his revolver out of gun safe on Friday after robbers tried to break into his house.

"We do not know how to deal with this. We are devastated," said the grandmother of the six-year-old girl who fired the shot.

The 60-year-old grandfather is due to appear in a court today, on charges relating to the negligent handling of a firearm, the agency quoted police spokeswoman, Colonel Ronel Otto, as saying.

Otto said a murder charge was being investigated into the matter.

The children are thought to have found the gun in a wardrobe, in the grandparents' bedroom.

Despite efforts by the government to limit it, the level of private gun ownership remains high in South Africa, with some estimates putting the number of firearms at almost 6 or 12 for every 100 citizens, media reports said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Rohingya refugees pose for a picture in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Commandos of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) demonstrate during the 4th Maharashtra Police Commando...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar being produced in a court in Thane, Mumbai...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner-designate of Ghana, presenting his credentials...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Congress workers protesting against the Modi Government over fuel price hike, in Mumbai...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

Security forces personnel inspect the site of a solar plant that was allegedly blown up by the...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 23:15 UTC, shows...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

Devotees perform traditional Hindu ritual of 'tarpan' on the banks of River Ganga near the Howrah...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

A top view during the unveiling of a kilometer long street 'Alpona' (sacred art painting) to...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.