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She'll never become a pilot

By unknown | Jun 13, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

A 15-year-old girl's dream of becoming a pilot has been shattered after her left eye was hit and damaged by a stray rubber bullet fired by police.

This happened when police were dispersing a mob that had apprehended a suspected criminal at Mmakaunyane village, outside Winterveldt in North West, on Sunday.

The villagers had refused to hand over the suspect to the police because they wanted him toreveal to whom he had sold or where he had hidden the stolen items.

This forced the police to fire volleys of rubber bullets into the crowd. In the process, a rubber bullet hit Charlotte Ndlovu, a Grade 10 pupil who was nearby.

The girl had just arrived home from church with her mother, Martha Ndlovu, 53, and older sister Lorraine, 23.

Charlotte said: "I saw a commotion near my home as we entered the gate. I asked my brother what was going on. I heard my mother shouting at me to look out for the car that had entered our yard fleeing from the crowd.

"When I turned towards my mother I felt something hit my eye and I collapsed," said Charlotte from her hospital bed.

She was rushed to Odi Hospital in Mabopane, from where she was transferred to Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa.

Yesterday Charlotte underwent surgery to remove the damaged left eye.

She told Sowetan amid tears from the right eye that the rubber bullet had destroyed her childhood dream of becoming a pilot.

"There was nothing I thought about other than seeing myself flying an aircraft and my dreams at night would revolve around everything to do with aviation.

"I cried the whole night after the doctor told me that I had lost my eye. The fact that I was not part of the commotion makes the pain even more emotionally unbearable," she said.


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