- The father who shot and killed his own son at a school in Ennerdale has been set free
- Sibusiso Emmanuel Tshabalala pleaded guilty to the charge, but received a suspended sentence
- Tshabalala opened fire on his son in June 2018 after mistaking him for a hijacker
It’s been a long 12 months for the man accused of murdering his own son in front of a school in Ennerdale, Johannesburg.
Sibusiso Emmanuel Tshabalala pleaded guilty to murdering his own son, Luyanda, on 5 June 2018.
Tshabalala took his son to evening classes at Fred Norman Secondary School on that day and fell asleep while waiting for him.
His son knocked on the passenger’s window to wake him up and he mistook him for a hijacker.
Tshabalala opened fire and Luyanda tragically passed away.
Aside from mourning the loss of his son, Tshabalala had to contend with the probability that he would end up behind bars as well.
However, SowetanLIVE reported that Tshabalala was set free after receiving a 10-year imprisonment sentence, which has been suspended for five years.
Briefly.co.za understands that Tshabalala submitted his request to the director of public prosecutions for the charge to be reduced from murder to a lesser one of culpable homicide.
TimesLIVE previously reported that Tshabalala’s wife, Siphiwe Khalishwayo, revealed that he wanted to take his own life after the accidental shooting.
She said, “I had to be strong for him. We had to talk through this, telling him about his other young children.”
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