PE boy seriously hurt in firework prank

A Port Elizabeth boy, 12, has been seriously injured in a malicious firework prank in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to reports, the boy, Shane Witbooi and another person were approached by three young men, who offered them a ‘cigarette’. Witbooi accepted. The ‘cigarette’ turned out to be a firecracker, which exploded, causing

A Port Elizabeth boy, 12, has been seriously injured in a malicious firework prank in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to reports, the boy, Shane Witbooi and another person were approached by three young men, who offered them a ‘cigarette’. Witbooi accepted. The ‘cigarette’ turned out to be a firecracker, which exploded, causing burns to his face and arms. His eyes are swollen shut and he is unable to speak.

The full extent of the damage to his eyes and his ears will only be known after more test have been performed.

The three perpetrators have been identified as the children of a police colonel, and are all aged in their twenties. They are being investigated on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. These charges may also be upgraded to attempted murder.

Witbooi is a grade 6 pupil at Rufane Donkin Primary School, in Gelvandale.

The hospital confirmed that he is no longer in a critical condition, but he is in a great deal of pain.

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