Pupil says shooting was over money

2010-01-22 00:00

THE grade 10 pupil of Siphesihle High School in Inchanga near Cato Ridge, who was shot during break time within the school grounds on Wednesday morning, is recovering well in hospital.

Speaking to The Witness after visiting her son in hospital yesterday, his mother, who did not want their names or that of the hospital to be printed in order to protect him, said they have been able to establish that the shooting may have been connected to an incident involving money.

Apparently, one of her son’s friends had lost money in class on Monday.

The friend was led to believe that one of the pupils had stolen the money and had shared it with his friends. When the friend, accompanied by her son, tried to retrieve the money, the alleged thief was only able to replace a fraction of it. Most of the money had already been spent.

Then, two days later, her son was shot in the thigh — not in the knee as was earlier reported.

“Police were here in the morning and came again in the afternoon. They are following up on the case,” the mother said, but added that her biggest concern right now is her son’s speedy recovery.

“I fear for his life. Doctors are telling me that he was lucky that the [bullet] did not penetrate the bones. Only the arteries were damaged. But my main focus right now is for him to get better.”

She said her son lives with his grandmother. She received the call about her son’s injury while in Howick, where she works.

The woman said her son has never been a troublesome teen. He is known for his humour and his love of dancing.

Senior Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said there have been no new developments in the case.

Education Department spokesman Sihle Mlotshwa failed to respond to e-mails and phone calls from The Witness to establish whether classes had resumed at the school.

It is also not clear whether counselling has been offered to the pupils and teachers to help them deal with the trauma.

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