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A Johannesburg father, Emmanuel Sibusiso Tshabalala, was served a suspended sentence for the fatal shooting of his 16-year-old son, Luyanda, when he appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He was handed a 10-year direct imprisonment sentence, wholly suspended for five years, reported SowetanLIVE. Tshabalala was sleeping in his car after dropping off his son for evening classes on 5 June last year. He was woken by knocking on the window and, thinking he was in danger, fired his gun. He said in an affidavit presented to court that after firing the weapon, Luyanda had called: ‘Daddy, it’s me.’ He got out of the vehicle, went to his son and then rushed him to get medical help but there was nothing that could be done to save his life. During an earlier court appearance, TimesLIVE reported that Magistrate Maggie van der Merwe said: ‘I can only describe this incident as a tragedy.’

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