Show-off teen shoots his friend

2009-11-14 00:00

A TEENAGE boy showing off a gun accidentally shot his 14-year-old friend who then begged the fare for a taxi to take him to hospital.

Nduduzo Sikhonyana (14), who lives in Willowfountain, is recovering in hospital from a bullet wound in his stomach. His friend, also 14, has been charged with attempted murder and was released into his parents’ custody.

Nduduzo’s friend was apparently showing off with the gun and boasting that his family was “untouchable”.

“He showed me the gun and then he sent me to the shop to buy a cigarette. When I came back he was holding the magazine in one hand and the gun in the other. He pointed the gun at me and pulled the trigger, the gun went off and the bullet hit me in the stomach.”

The shooter was apparently not aware that there was a bullet in the chamber. The bullet entered through Nduduzo’s stomach and came out through his back.

“After I was injured we went to a nearby spaza-shop and asked for taxi fare. I was bleeding, but I held the wound with my hand and we took a taxi to hospital.”

Apparently the boys did not have enough money and the taxi left them more than a kilometre away from the hospital. “We walked from where we jumped off the taxi to the hospital.”

Nduduzo’s mother, Alice Sikhonyana, said: “I was shocked to come home to the news that my son had been shot by his friend. I rushed to the hospital and I was told that he had been admitted in the intensive care unit. I could not see my son until the following day.”

It is not clear where the 14-year-old got the gun from but Sikhonyana said the other boy’s mother told her the gun belonged to a member of the family. “The mother told me the gun was for family protection.”

The police have confirmed that the gun was unlicensed. “It’s a 9 mm pistol and we are trying to establish who owns the gun and how it ended up in the boy’s possession,” SAPS spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said.

Sikhonyana raised concern about the boy’s access to weapons. “This incident will affect my son for the rest of his life, the scars in his stomach will remind him that his friend shot him. Why are children exposed to guns? It is irresponsible,” she said.

Jeevan said the police are investigating and the boy will appear again in court on November 19.

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