The four-year-old son of the late former Isibaya actor Andile Gumbi is fighting for his life at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital after accidentally shooting himself.
Gauteng police have opened a case of negligent handling of a firearm.
“Cases of failure to safeguard a firearm and negligent handling of a firearm have been opened against the owner of the firearm after the four-year-old boy allegedly shot himself in the lower body,” said police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo
According to Masondo, at around 10.50pm on Sunday, a 35-year-old man was with the boy and his mother when he left his firearm in a bag on the TV cabinet before going outside to his vehicle.
“He heard a gunshot going off inside the house. It is then that they realised that the boy allegedly shot himself in the lower body when he was handling the firearm that he took out of the bag,” said Masondo.
Daily Sun reported that Phindile Gumbi’s mom said she was shattered to learn her grandchild, whom she’d been looking after since last year, was shot in the crotch.
“Andile and Hlengiwe brought over the child and asked me to take care of him until they were financially stable. They were planning to take him back next year but Andile passed away,” – she said
According to the newspaper, Hlengiwe called Phindile late on Sunday night to tell her that something bad had happened to the child.
“She claimed he was carrying the boyfriend’s bag, dropped it by mistake and the gun went off. But why was the gun not in a safe? I don’t know what to say to Hlengiwe, but thank God the boy is alive and now stable,” Phindile said
Actor Andile Gumbi died in October after suffering a heart attack in Israel.
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