Tebogo Msimanga |
A one-year-old baby girl sustained some injuries after being shot by a stray bullet as she was playing at home whilst a funeral activity was being held at the cemetery in Pienaar outside Nelspruit. The incident occurred on Saturday, 09 July 2022 around 12h45 pm.
Mpumalanga Police Spokesperson Donald Mdhluli said according to the information, the family of the girl resides next to the cemetery in Thekwane North. “On the sad day, the minor is said to have been playing outside the house. Gunshot sounds were reportedly heard coming from the nearby graveyard where there was a burial and moments later the child was heard screaming”.
Mdluli said when her mother rushed outside to find out what was happening to her daughter, she noticed that the baby was bleeding on her lower body.”The baby was then taken to a nearby clinic by a private vehicle and the medical staff confirmed that she had a gunshot wound on her leg however the child had to be swiftly transferred to hospital”.
Mdluli said the police at Pienaar have since made a clarion call to members of the public to come forth with information regarding people who fired shots at the said funeral by calling the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.
Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has vehemently condemned the incident. “Such perpetrators should be hunted down to come and account”.