Sibongile “Bobo” Mahlangu. Photo supplied

‘Bobo’ inquest continues


Justin Steyn   l   Views: 132

The inquest into the alleged accidental death of Sibongile “Bobo” Mahlangu (5) was set to continue in the Bela-Bela Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 24 October.

The court has confirmed that the inquest started on Tuesday 29 August, and would continue next month.

The BEAT previouisly reported that Mahlangu was allegedly fatally-wounded after a shot went off, from a .38 special revolver, on the premises of a privately-owned farm outside Bela-Bela.

The alleged accident took place on Saturday 24 August durng the year 2013.

According to information received, the trigger was allegedly pulled by a minor, from the revolver allegedly belonging to her grandfather.

His name has since been withheld in order to protect the identity of the minor, in terms of the Child Protection Act.

On Friday 1 August 2014, the grandfather was sentenced to 12 months’ corrective parole. 

On the day of his sentencing the court ruled that Mahlangu’s death was the result of negligence by the grandfather.

During his sentencing, the court ruled that the grandfather was not permitted to leave his house for 12 months. He was also ordered to perform 16 hours of community service every month, and attend courses prescribed by his parole officer.

He was also prohibited from consuming strong alcohol and medication unless prescribed by a medical practitioner. He was also forbidden to change his residential address without notifying his parole officer and was declared unfit to have any firearms in his possession.

The magistrate presiding over the inquest and the state and defence counsel went on an inspection in loco at the farm on Friday, 15 September.

8 months ago       05 October 2017