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Helenvale boy wounded by stray bullets visited by SAPS commander

Sep 12, 2017
Helenvale boy wounded by stray bullets visited by SAPS commander

On Monday, Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Siganga, visited a six-year-old boy, who was shot several times by stray bullets on Sunday afternoon in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth.

"The protection of our children against perpetrators of crime, especially in violent areas is a priority," commented Major General Siganga. 

She took some ‘goodies’ and spent time with the boy and his father, offering words of encouragement to the family and assuring the child that everything will be okay.

According to Port Elizabeth police, the boy was responsive and did not sustain any life threatening wounds. 

"Visits such as these help the families and victims of gun related violence to cope with the emotional trauma inflicted on them by merciless gang members."

A police report said that the six-year-old boy was playing in the street in Fitchard Road, Helenvale, when the shooting occurred on Saturday.

It is believed that the shooting involved local gangs fighting for turf.

A 40-year-old man as also wounded by stray bullets during the same incident.