Siblings die while playing with father’s gun
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 5, 2018
An 11-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl have died while playing with their father’s licensed firearm in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.
According to a police statement, the incident occurred just before midnight on 3 February.
It is alleged that the boy had been playing with the weapon when he accidentally shot his sister.
The toddler was rushed to hospital where she later died.
Upon seeing what he had done to his sister, the boy apparently turned the gun on himself.
Police are currently investigating a case of murder and an inquest.
Colonel Thembeka Mbhele has urged firearm owners to ensure that their weapons are safeguarded.
“We urge all licensed firearm owners to ensure that they do not violate the Firearms Control Act by failing to safeguard their firearms because it amounts to criminal act. Contravening the act may lead to unnecessary deaths and violators may face harsh prosecutions,” said Mbhele.