South Africa: Friday the 13th - the Day Police Bullets Killed a Young Boy and Broke a Mother's Heart


It is not only gangsters who shoot innocent young boys on the Cape Flats. Policemen are also known to be the perpetrators when innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire. The killing of Damian Ahrendse, 14, six years ago is one such terrible story.

Next Friday is the 13th, 13 December, a day that six years later still brings tears to Klarina Ahrendse's eyes and a quiver to her voice. "Ja, it will be six years next Friday, Friday the 13th. Ja, I wish that day never happened."

Six years later, Ahrendse is able to recount the day in great detail.

"I told Damian to stay indoors, there was a lot of gang shooting and gang activity. I said, 'Damian stay indoors please, it is Friday the 13th, you know what it is like, there is cooldrink in the fridge, you don't need to go out'."

Ahrendse stepped out of her Wesbank house for a moment to go to her best friend three doors down when they heard at least 20 shots. Reports quickly filtered through via WhatsApp that a gangster was shooting indiscriminately close by and had shot a youngster in the buttocks a few streets away.

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