Pretoria ? A 6-year-old girl has shot and killed her best friend in a freak accident while playing with her grandfather?s firearm.

Beeld reported on Monday that the children were at the Lejwe La Metsi private game reserve near Bela-Bela on Saturday when the tragedy occurred.

Sibongile Moima, also 6, was shot in the face and died at the scene. Her friend, who was not named because of her age, apparently found the .38 Special revolver in a wardrobe in her grandparents? home.

Her grandfather had apparently taken the weapon out of his gun safe on Friday after an attempted robbery, and forgot to put it back in the safe.

He was apparently so traumatised after the incident that he tried to hang himself on Sunday. He is due to appear in the Bela Bela Magistrate?s Court on Monday on a charge of negligent handling of a firearm.

?We do not know how to handle this. We are dismayed,? the grandmother of the girl who fired the shot said.

?My granddaughter asked me if I would speak to her again after what happened,? she added. (NEWS24)


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