School­boy shoots ri­val

Pupils take their fight to the streets

The Star Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - TE­BOGO MONAMA te­bogo.monama@inl.co.za

ASCHOOL fight in Le­na­sia among a group of boys took a nasty turn when it spilt into the streets and one pupil pulled out a gun, shoot­ing his ri­val three times.

Shuaib Is­mail, 17, was al­legedly shot with a pump-ac­tion shot­gun by two brothers in an at­tack that has kept him in hos­pi­tal since last Fri­day as doc­tors fight to save his leg.

Shuaib and his two friends were leav­ing a lo­cal high school in Le­na­sia, south of Joburg, when they met one of the brothers and his friend sit­ting in a car parked just out­side the school gate.

One of Shuaib’s friends al­legedly looked at the other group parked out­side the school and was asked why he was star­ing at them.

Shuaib’s friend, Ngoako Ra­mafolo, who was present dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion, said: “They asked why he was look­ing at them and he asked whether they should not be looked at. The one guy started shov­ing my friend, and that is where it ended.”

The youths left the school and drove home. When Shuaib and his friends parked at one of their homes, the other young man ar­rived in his car along with his brother, who started shout­ing and at­tack­ing them.

“When they came out of the car, the older brother started shout­ing and asked why we want to fight his brother. He then started punch­ing and fight­ing me,” said Ngoako.

While he was strug­gling on the ground with one of the brothers, the other one pulled out his pump-ac­tion gun and started shoot­ing ran­domly.

“He then shot my friend Shuaib, but I did not re­alise it at the time be­cause I was fight­ing with one brother. While I was fight­ing, it turns out my friend’s mother was try­ing to fight off the other brother to try and stop him from shoot­ing,” he said.

They be­lieve the young man shot at them three times. Ngoako opened a case with Le­na­sia po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Hec­tor Net­shiv­hodza con­firmed they had ar­rested two sus­pects, aged 17 and 18, for al­leged at­tempted mur­der.

“They have been re­leased on bail. The brothers have also in­di­cated they want to open counter-charges… In­ves­ti­ga­tions in the case are con­tin­u­ing,” Net­shiv­hodza said.

The mother of the shoot­ing vic­tim, Suhaifa Amad, said her Grade 11 son was strug­gling with pain in hos­pi­tal. He un­der­went an op­er­a­tion to re­move splin­ters on the wound.

“He is sup­posed to start ex­ams next week, but now all I want is for peo­ple to pay for what they did to my son. His leg is in a cast. Do you know how dif­fi­cult it is for him to bath or what pain he is in?

“I just want jus­tice for my son. I can’t fo­cus on any­thing but my son’s health,” said Amad.

On the other boys want­ing to open counter-charges against her son, Amad said: “They came to our sec­tion and fired at our boys. If they want to open counter-charges, they can.”

Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Steve Mabona said they were wor­ried about cases of vi­o­lence re­ported at schools. “That is why the de­part­ment has a quick re­sponse time in these mat­ters,” he said.

Last month, two boys were ex­pelled and 10 girls sus­pended from Norkem Park High School in Kemp­ton Park af­ter vi­o­lence broke out there over re­la­tion­ship is­sues be­tween pupils. The in­ci­dent was cap­tured in a video that went vi­ral and led Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi to visit the school.

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