Matric pupil shot dead while waiting for matric results in Pietermaritzburg, KZN

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A matric pupil was shot in the head while waiting for his matric results at a garage on Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg, in the early hours of Friday morning.

It is alleged that the 20-year-old pupil was at the garage with other pupils and community members just after 1 am waiting to purchase a newspaper.

Police confirmed the incident.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said when police arrived at the scene, they found the pupil lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head and on his right arm.

Mbele said it is alleged that whilst pupils were purchasing newspapers to check their matric results, a group of five men approached them.

She said one of the men tried to rob the pupil who was shot, and when he refused to give them his cellphone, the suspect drew his firearm, shot him, and fled the scene in their getaway vehicle.

“A case of murder has been opened at Alexandra Road SAPS for further investigation,” said Mbele.

*This is a developing story, read the full story in the Weekend Witness newspaper on Saturday.

Correction: The Witness had initially reported that the pupil who died was 21-years-old, when he is in fact 20-years-old.

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