The tragic shooting that claimed the lives of two Grade 10 learners from Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton this week was a playful incident that went wrong.
THE TWO LEARNERS WERE BEST FRIENDS
The families of the two learners, Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukiso Majola, both 16, have spoken out to set the record straight after the fatal shooting.
The boys who were best friends were apparently playing with a gun when Ndhlebe was shot by accident. In shock and panic, Majola later turned the gun on himself.
According to family spokesperson Sibusiso Nkabane, the boys had snuck out of school during the school break to hang out at home together on Wednesday.
THE LEARNERS HAD SNUCK OUT DURING SCHOOL BREAK
“Njabulo Ndhlebe and Zukiso Majola, along with their third friend – whom shall not be mentioned to protect his identity, had snuck out of school during the school break to hang out at home together.
“When they got home, Majola showed his friends his passed grandfather’s gun, which he took from his December holidays without his parents’ knowledge. His deceased grandfather was fond of Majola, and Majola had taken the gun in remembrance of him,” Nkabane said.
MAJOLA SHOWED FRIENDS HIS GRANDFATHER’S GUN
In an attempt to impress his friends, Majola took the unloaded revolver and loaded the gun, and started playing with it. While playing with the gun, it accidentally went off, shooting Ndhlebe behind his ear.
THE GUN ACCIDENTALLY WENT OFF, SHOOTING NDHLEBE BEHIND HIS EAR
“In shock the unnamed third friend ran off to his house around the corner and Majola rushed after his friend asking him to assist. The gunshot and the boys running away raised attention at the neighbours and so the community members of Chief Albert Luthuli park came out to confront the boys of the matter,” Nkabane said.
MAJOLA PANICKED AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD
He said Majola then ran away, back to his home.
“When he got home in panic and fear, he closed the garage door and used the same gun to shoot himself in the head.
“As parents of the two grieving families, we are deeply saddened and in pain by the loss of our boys. We thank the public and the community of Daveyton for all the heartfelt sympathies during this tragic time. Both families have held numerous meetings and prayer sessions since the deaths and will continue to do so until burial,” Nkabane said
THERE WAS NO FIGHTING AMONGST THE BOYS
Ndhlebe and Majola, and the third unnamed boy were schoolmates and best friends for a couple of years. The families said there was no fighting amongst the boys on the day, and all three boys are good, teenage boys.
“The first death was accidental and a tragic mistake, whereas the second death was caused by fear and panic.
“We would like to state that we had a great festive season with Njabulo and the family, the boys were very fond of each other, and this is an unfortunate accident,” Nkabane said.
NDHLEBE AND MAJOLA WERE FOND OF EACH OTHER
He added that the families would like some privacy during this difficult time as they grieve the tragic loss of their children.
The memorial service for the two boys will be held at Lesiba Secondary School on Tuesday, 18 January 2022, at 09:00.