Boy, 9, shot by friend
Police have expressed concern about the rising number of young people caught in possession of homemade firearms in the Zululand area.
This comes after a 12-year-old boy fatally shot his nine-year-old friend with a homemade gun on Tuesday afternoon.
Superintendent Jay Naicker said a group of youngsters, aged between nine and 12 years, were playing in the veld at Mbizana ward in Mbongolwane. They were then joined by a 16-year-old youth who was in possession of a home- made firearm which was loaded with shotgun ammunition.
"It is alleged that the older boy placed the firearm on the floor. Another youngster picked up the firearm for a closer look. It is alleged the youngster may have accidentally squeezed the trigger and a shot went off. The bullet struck nine-year-old Bongani Msomi in the forehead, fatally wounding him," said Naicker.