- Sibusiso Tshabalala's wife said she does not blame her husband for the death of her son
- She added her husband is suffering and he even attempted suicide
- The 16-year-old was buried during an emotional service on Saturday
The wife of Sibusiso Emanuel Tshabalala, the man who mistakenly shot his own son, said she forgave him.
The 42-year-old mother, Siphiwe Khalishwayo, said she was not mad at her husband for killing their son after he had mistaken him for a criminal.
Khalishwayo said the incident was an accident and her husband was so heartbroken about their son's tragic death, that he attempted to take his own life.
"He's suffering. He wanted to take his own life. I had to be strong for him. We had to talk through this, telling him about his other young children. If he died, who would protect them?" Khalishwayo said.
Tshabalala accidentally killed his 16-year-old son, Luyanda, in Ennerdale, south of Joburg. As Briefly.co.za reported previously, heartbreaking footage was shared online, which showed the dad breaking down in court and his wife comforting him.
According to the reports, the 50-year-old waited for his son to finish evening classes and he dozed off,after a while heard a sudden knock on the window.
Tshabalala, who had a firearm with him, reportedly got scared and fired in the direction of the noise. His son died on his way to the hospital.
The 16-year-old's funeral was held on Saturday, where his loved ones came together to say their final goodbyes.
According to a report by Times LIVE, Khalishwayo prepared a speech for her son's funeral, but she was overcome with emotion, which led to her son's friend, Lesego Mohape, delivering it on her behalf.
"I am grateful for the life we've shared. You told me that you will one day become well-known and famous. Did you mean this [his death]? "You were an extraordinary person, so perfect and the heavens could not wait to welcome such a soul. No parents should endure this.", her message read.
Her message continued by stating she dreamt of seeing her son grow up, but God's knows why his life was tragically cut short and it was nobody's fault.
On Friday, the Fred Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale held a memorial service for Luyanda. His dad was not present but his mom was.
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