Former Hawks spokesperson says father opened fire on family

2017-02-20 11:12

Johannesburg – Former Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela tweeted on Sunday that his father had allegedly "unloaded a gun" on his family.

"My father, who occupied many pages in my book, unloaded a gun to his family, shot his youngest son through the mouth & missed everyone else," he tweeted.

On Monday morning, Polela told News24 that it was not a good time to speak.

In his book, My father, My monster, former journalist Polela traces how he and his little sister Zinhle were left in the care of impoverished relatives. He later learns that his father was allegedly responsible for his mother's death.

He said on Sunday that his father had been arrested.

"He tried to shoot one of the sons point blank, but the stolen gun he used had run out of ammo. He's now in police custody."

"Thank goodness he's a bad shot, otherwise his wife and three of his sons would be no more."

Twitter users reacted to the tweet with support for Polela, with one saying his father must "finally pay", while another said he hoped Polela was doing OK.

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