Cape Town – A KwaZulu-Natal man reportedly faced charges of negligence after his teenage son was allegedly found with a firearm at school.
The 17-year-old pupil from Bambisani Secondary School reportedly stole the gun from his father’s safe and took it to school after he had a quarrel with another learner the day before, reported Highvelder News.
Mtubatuba police spokesperson, Captain Justice Hlabisa said it seemed as if the learner was scared and wanted to defend himself from bullies, the report said.
The learner was found with a 9mm pistol loaded with live ammunition said Captain Hlabisa.
KZN Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi urged parents to address their children about bullying.
“If this was not intercepted in time, we would be telling a different story,” the report quoted Mahlambi as saying.
According to provincial police spokesperson, Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo, the father was charged with the negligent loss of a firearm, while the son was charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, reported IOL.
“Both appeared in the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court and were released,” the report quoted Constable Ngcobo as saying.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe