12 Year-Old Boy in Bedford Shot for Allegedly Stealing Nuts

12 Year-Old Boy in Bedford Shot for Allegedly Stealing Nuts

  • A little is fighting for his life in the town of Bedford in the Eastern Cape after he was shot
  • He was accused of stealing nuts, and a man allegedly shot him, leaving him severely injured from the shooting
  • South Africans were furious at the incident, and many prayed for the little boy to make it through the injuries; the SAPS confirmed the incident with Briefly News

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered police investigations and court cases at Daily Sun for over three years.

An Eastern Cape boy was shot after he allegedly stole nuts
A pre-teen is fighting for his life after he was shot. Image: Ashley Cooper
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BEDFORD, EASTERN CAPE – A little boy was shot and taken to hospital after he was accused of stealing nuts in Bedford, Eastern Cape.

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Boy shot after allegedly stealing nuts

According to Scrolla.Africa, the incident happened when the boy and three other associates went to take nuts from his house, which was in town. The owner allegedly heard movement in the yard, and he fired two shots. One of them hit the little boy. A president found the boy lying in a pool of blood, and they called the emergency medical services.

SAPS confirms incident

The Eastern Cape South African Police Service spokesperson, Captain Siphokazi Mawisa, confirmed the incident to Briefly News.

"A 52-year-old suspect was arrested following an incident where a 13-year-old boy was shot. It is reported that the incident happened at 12:45 on Hope Street, Bedford. Upon the police's arrival, they found the boy with a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to hospital for treatment," she said.

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"Circumstances surrounding the incident form part of the investigation. His firearm was confiscated by police for further investigation."

SA angry at man's actions

Netizens commenting on @ZANewsFlash's tweet denounced the man's actions of shooting the boy.

Sparx said:

"That man is nuts."

GeminiSA said:

"We live with animals."

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In a similar article, Briefly News reported that five-year-old Ditebogo Phalane Jr was killed during a hijacking.

A group of men was hijacking his father's car outside of the house in Soshanguve when he ran out to greet him. The suspects allegedly shot and killed him.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za