Reports going rounds are that Andile Gumbi’s 4-year-old son has accidentally shot himself in the lower part of the body after getting access to a gun, and is currently recovering in hospital.
The incident is said to have happened on Sunday.
The Isibaya actor Andile Gumbi died in October this year after suffering a heart attack while working on a musical in Israel.
Speaking to The Daily Sun, Andile’s mother, Phindile Gumbi, told The Daily Sun that the minor had been taken from her custody by Andile’s wife, Hlengiwe Ngcongo, last Friday prior to the unfortunate incident.
She went on to explain that she got a frantic call from Hlengiwe in the early hours of the morning, claiming that the child was carrying the boyfriend’s bag when he dropped it and the gun inside “went off.”
Speaking to Channel24 Gauteng police spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, confirmed the reports, saying that on Sunday at approximately 22:50, a 35-year-old man was with the boy and his mother when he left his loaded firearm in a bag, placed it on the TV cabinet and went outside to his vehicle.
“He heard a gunshot going off inside the house. It is then that they realised that the boy allegedly shot himself in the lower body when he was handling the firearm that he took out of the bag,” said Capt Masondo
Meanwhile, the police have since opened a case of failure to safeguard a firearm, and negligent handling of a firearm against the owner of the gun after a four-year-old boy allegedly shot himself in the lower body. The boy was hurried to hospital where he is recovering.