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Grandad arrested in boy's firearm case

By unknown | Nov 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

In a dramatic turn of events, a 66-year-old grandfather was yesterday arrested following Monday's arrest of his 13-year-old grandson who was found with a firearm at Mvutshini Primary School.

The incident that shocked the education fraternity, happened at Gingindlovu, near Eshowe, on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

On Monday, police were called to the school after a Grade 3 pupil was found wielding a 9mm pistol.

The pupil appeared in the Gingindlovu magistrate's court on Tuesday and told the court that he found the firearm in his grandfather's house.

The firearm belonged to his father, who died two years ago.

The pensioner has been keeping the firearm since the boy's father died. He had failed to dispose of it.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker said police believed that the pensioner's failure to get rid of the firearm in a proper manner, led to his grandson taking it.

"Charges against the minor have been provisionally withdrawn, and his grandfather was taken in.

"He is facing a charge of failing to dispose of a firearm after the death of the rightful and licensed owner and is expected to appear in court soon," said Naicker.

KwaZulu-Natal's education department authorities said they did not condone the incident, but were convinced there was more to the case than just criticising the boy.

Ntokozo Maphisa, the department spokesman, said communities must play a role in looking after orphans.


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