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11 Nov 2013
5:45 am

Mom fears for mental state of boy shot by police

The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot in the head when police opened fire on protesters in Soweto fears that her child may have suffered permanent psychological damage.

FILE PICTURE: South African Police in action. Picture: Ayi Leshabane

“A day after he was discharged from hospital he could not remember that his grandmother and other family members had visited him at the hospital and this is despite having been awake at the time and having acknowledged their presence,” Ayanda’s mother, Sonto Ndlovu, said yesterday.

Ayanda was hit by a rubber bullet, allegedly fired by police during a protest by residents demanding street humps, after a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run incident.

Soweto police’s Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said a case of attempted murder was being investigated after Ayanda was shot and that they also still needed to obtain a statement from him.

The shooting landed Ayanda in Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital’s intensive care unit for two days. After that he was transferred to a trauma ward in the hospital.

After his discharge, his mother said: “He tossed and turned all night, especially when he mistakenly slept on the back of his head where the wound is.

‘‘Seemingly every time he sleeps like this, brown substance starts oozing from the wound.”

The boy is due back at the hospital for a check-up today. He has since also moved from his maternal grandparents’ home in Zondi, where he lived at the time he was shot, to stay with his unemployed mother and her boyfriend in a rented backroom in Senaoane.

Asked when he will be returning to his grandparents’ home, Ayanda said: “I don’t want to go back there because people will be asking me about what happened to me.”

Ndlovu said she has tried to explain to her son that because her and her boyfriend are unemployed, they will not be able to afford the daily taxi fare that will be required if he stays with them, but he did not understand.

“I have also noticed that he hides away from the police when we come across them and he spends a lot of time in the room.

‘‘I really hope the police will come forward to ensure that he gets all the necessary medical assistance he needs. They need to
take financial responsibility for all of this,” she said.