Last week was one we can never forget when a 14 years old teen was shot in the mouth during a protest in Hout Bay. According to reports reaching us, his finally back home to his mother.
A faction from Hangberg residents who was involved in the previous protest collected the boy and her mother from Groote Schuur, where the teen has spent six nights after having a rubber bullet surgically removed from beneath his tongue.
The Hangberg residents also raised about R900 for the family. Angelo Josephs, whose employer gave the group a lift said “It’s the least we could do.”
He has recovered his speech few days ago but still have a large sore in his mouth. He is looking forward to resuming skateboarding, his favorite pastime, although his board needs repairs.
“It doesn’t hurt so much,” he said.
His mother Pinkie was appease to be retire home from the hospital. She has return home just once since the incident. She spent most nights sleeping in the trauma ward waiting room or on an armchair in the Ear, Nose & Throat unit where he was moved to after his operation.
“I’ve been worrying so much about my younger children in Imizamo Yethu,” she said. “My sister is looking after them, but I prefer to be there myself. It isn’t safe, especially at night.”
“I’m his mother and I love my children v tery much,” she said.
She made complains about comments in Facebook stating that her boy was orphan.
“It is difficult to find words for how much that support meant for me,” Pinkie said after she received supports from local student activist enabled her to buy food and airtime during her stay,
About 30 people had donated money via e Wallet, the student said, with a further ten pledging to contribute at the end of the month.
When the group of Hangberg residents disembarked in Imizamo Yethu, they met with pinkie’s mother. The little boy started crying when she saw his granny who took care of him for years when his mother first moved to Cape Town. She will spend two weeks with them said Pinkie.
Meanwhile, The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened a case of attempted murder following the shooting, which took place at extremely close range.
“I want to make sure it’s done properly,” she said.
“How can the police investigate the police?”
Pinkie is receiving legal support and intends to lay separate charges this week.