A five-year-old girl died Thursday after she was allegedly accidentally shot while playing with her two six-year-old brothers.
The incident took place in Bettelsdorp in Gkeberha in the Eastern Cape province.
The three children are believed to have been playing with guns in the room when the shot rang out.
The girl accidentally injured her head and died in the hospital.
According to police, it is alleged that three children, two six-year-old boys and a five-year-old girl, were playing with firearms at Annex 31 in Bethelshorpe when the shot rang out.
It is believed that the girl was shot with a 38-caliber revolver.
The child was taken to an emergency hospital, where she later died.
Police spokeswoman Priscilla Naidoo says police were unable to find a firearm when they arrived.
Police are investigating murder and a miscarriage of justice.
Sentencing of Ponts Mohlank
Meanwhile, sentencing is expected to begin in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, in the manslaughter case of a tavern owner who killed three children at Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg.
Pantsho Mohlanka, 31, was yesterday found guilty of three counts of murder.
The body of one of the victims, five-year-old Mzwandile Asanda Zito, was found in a fridge at a Mohlanka tavern in July 2020 after he was reported missing in April of that year.
Takozani Simphiwe Mngchina and Mpho Makonda, aged six and eight respectively, were killed in September 2020.
During one of Mohlanka’s court hearings in October 2020, members of the community stated that they live in fear after the murders:
-Reporting by Yolanda Kambile, additional reporting by Pearl Maguban