Johannesburg – In a series of tweets on Friday Ahmed Kathrada Foundation paid tribute to 16-year-old Luyanda Tshabalala who was shot dead outside the Norman Secondary School in Ennerdale earlier this week.
Two representatives from the foundation attended a memorial service at the school for the young man at midday on Friday. According to a tweet from the foundation, Luyanda had recently assisted in organising an anti-racism week campaign at his school in conjunction with the Kathrada Foundation.
On Wednesday evening Luyanda was shot dead by his father who had allegedly mistaken him for a robber.
Sibusiso Tshabalala, 50, was allegedly asleep in his car while waiting for the teenager who was attending evening classes at the school.
After class, the boy knocked on the window and the father, who told police he was scared, pulled out the firearm he was carrying and shot in the direction of the knocking.
Luyanda died on the way to the hospital.
The visibly distraught father appeared in the Lenasia Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning where he sat sobbing in the dock and had to be comforted by his wife.
He was released on warning until his next court appearance.