‘Four years after a firecracker exploded in my son’s mouth we still have no justice’

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Shane's mother, Annelize Witbooi says she won’t rest until she gets justice for her boy. (Photo: Lulama Zenzile)
Shane's mother, Annelize Witbooi says she won’t rest until she gets justice for her boy. (Photo: Lulama Zenzile)

He sits quietly on the couch in the family modest home, fidgeting with the Protea emblem on his T-shirt.

Shane Witbooi from Helenvale in Port Elizabeth loves sport and is an avid soccer, cricket and rugby fan – but his dreams of playing professional sports were dashed when a firecracker exploded in his mouth four years ago.

The blast tore a hole on the left side of Shane’s face, leaving him partially blind and deaf.

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