News24

Toddler shot by dad still in hospital

2012-01-02 14:15

Johannesburg - A three-year-old girl is still in a stable condition in hospital after she was shot by her police officer father, who later shot himself, Pretoria police said on Monday.

"She was stabilised on Saturday and her condition has not changed since then. She is still in the Netcare Garden City Hospital," Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

The girl is the only survivor after her father killed her mother and her three-month-old brother on Saturday in West Park.

Tsinyane said her relatives were at the hospital but it was not known when she would be discharged.

The investigation into the shooting was still ongoing and the motive behind the crime was still to be established, said Tsinyane.

Comments
  • janjac.gilbert - 2012-01-02 14:49

    Employees in the RSA forces should be evaluated at regular intervals in an attempt to identify unstable members. This is not an isolated case, it happens to often that members of the forces go on shooting sprees.

  • an0nthinker - 2012-01-02 15:02

    Again!! Another example of why police officers should be undergoing mandatory counseling on a regular basis.

  • Lebogang Digoamaje - 2012-01-02 16:43

    We used to be very close with this family we actualy lived together, but they had already moved out before it happened, however i just want to say 2 khumo we love u and we are praying for u to be better. Im not sure y the father did this but i think i saw this coming.

  • Lebogang Digoamaje - 2012-01-02 16:43

    We used to be very close with this family we actualy lived together, but they had already moved out before it happened, however i just want to say 2 khumo we love u and we are praying for u to be better. Im not sure y the father did this but i think i saw this coming.

      JLWilson - 2012-01-02 18:04

      Lebogang, if you saw this coming why did you not report it to a) his station commander so that he could undergo an evaluation of fitness to be possession of his firearm and b) the social workers who would've kept a close eye on the family so that when it did happpen the innocent baby and wife would have been spared their lives and this little one wouldn't be fighting for hers. People feel its none of their business but you publically say you saw it coming but did nothing to stop it. Why?

      Wendy - 2012-01-02 18:36

      Even if you thought you saw it coming, you could do nothing. The police will not act on suspicion of something going to happen. Please do NOT feel guilty as JL Wilson would have you feel. You are not to blame for this tragedy.

      JLWilson - 2012-01-02 19:01

      Wendy I am not making Lebogang feel guilty nor blaming her. She probably falls into the same category as you - "an ostrich".

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-02 20:17

      @JLWilson: According to you, Lebogang “saw this coming” but I read, “I THINK I saw this coming”, which implies that it probably wasn’t a big enough issue then to cause any real concern, and/or that Lebogang didn’t see it coming but obviously realises much more now, which is perfectly understandable.

      Willie - 2012-01-03 09:31

      "... i saw this coming..." Lebogang tell us more,did this chap attempt suicide before or what?

  • braamc - 2012-01-02 17:14

    Shoot to kill. The type of person in the force just shocking

  • Lwando - 2012-01-02 19:12

    Just a question? Have you noticed that eversince the preaching of the so called "WOMEN RIGHTS" familly killings among "BLACK' (AFRICAN) communities is a daily bread something that was very very very scarce before the so called "DEMOCRACY" or "FREEDOM" (depending on how you call it)? What makes things worse is to learn that this (women killings) is on an increase despite the existance of groups such as, BROTHERS FOR LIFE, SONKE GENDER, POWA, TSWARANANG, POLICE, COURTS etc., which makes question their effectiveness? Its just a question?

      alison.scheppel - 2012-01-05 10:17

      Very interesting thoughts, Lwando. Take it back further - ever since everything/everyone has got "right" no-one remembers their responsibilities and the value of a human life is not much - this is worldwide - not just a SA thing.

  • MandyDbn - 2012-01-02 21:43

    off duty cops should not be allowed to carry a firearm, bottom line!!

  • Adair - 2012-01-03 06:43

    Policeman should hand their guns in at the station when they go off duty.

  • Willie - 2012-01-03 09:28

    The criteria of recruiting police,metro police and soldiers in this country should be changed.You cannot have a situation where you appoint people in this fields because they WANT a JOB.

  • padayachee - 2012-01-03 15:57

    Police officer - Normal civilian.... Either way you will get sick people that will want to kill, What about the other husbands that kill their wife and kids? Him being a police officer just made it more easy because he had a gun already, and if he wasn’t a police officer he would still have done the sick deed one way or another...

  • Lee - 2012-01-04 09:46

    @janjac, I couldn't agree with you more. I think many would open up and they can then be put on office duty without the issue of a gun until they recover. Many a time it's over domestic issues.

  • pages:
  • 1