AN 18-year-old pupil allegedly shot himself dead using his late grandfather’s firearm.

The incident took place yesterday, at about 11h00 at Mhlaba Cross village outside Tzaneen. The deceased, Glen Mboweni, was apparently suspended from the local high school on Wednesday 22 July 2020 for allegedly assaulting a fellow learner.

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Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said his body was found in one of the rooms by a family member.

The police were called and on arrival, they found the grandfather’s firearm next to the deceased.

“The provisions of the Firearms Control Act prescribe the safe keeping of firearms and also spell out the disposal procedure in case the firearm owner passes on, to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands,” said provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba.

Ledwaba, said a detective has been assigned to investigate this incident and also probe the movement of this firearm, with a view of establishing any possible charges that can be preferred against any individual.

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The said firearm has been confiscated. An Inquest docket has been opened and police investigations are continuing.