he accidentally pulled the trigger
A British mother-of-four was shot dead in a freak accident while visiting relatives on a dream holiday to South Africa.
Fatima Issa had flown out with her 19-year-old daughter Humairah to spend a fortnight with relatives she had not seen for years.
But after a happy reunion while staying at the residence in the gated Meyersal View Estate in Johannesburg, Fatima tragically died.
Anti-crime campaigner Yusuf Abramjee revealed that the 47-year-old was shot dead.
He said a relative was cleaning a gun used for protection in the crime-ridden city but appeared to have forgotten that it was loaded.
While he inspected and cleaned the revolver, he accidentally pulled the trigger and a 9mm round hit Fatima at point blank range.
Fatima’s body was blown to the floor with a fatal bullet that left her covered in blood.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to save Fatima but she succumbed to the severe injury.
Her brother Ebrahim Lambat confirmed her death on Facebook, writing:
“Request duas for my sister Fatima Issa.
“She as returned to the mercy of Allah.”
A South African spokesperson said it was too early to comment on the incident but confirmed that a full investigation is underway.
While Fatima was on holiday, her three other children had been left at home in Leicester with her husband Fayaz, who worked for Leicester City Council.
Fayaz is preparing to fly out to Johannesburg with his son Huzaifah as police try to work out exactly what had happened.
According to sources in Leicester, relatives are making plans to fly out to support Fayaz.
Fatima’s grieving co-workers at The City of Leicester College have expressed their “shock and sadness” after learning of her death.
Their Facebook post read: “Everyone at the TCOLC is deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our colleague and friend Fatima Issa.
“We all wish her family courage and peace during this time.”
Johannesburg is the crime capital of South Africa with most residents living in gated communities with guards and electric fences.
With 58 murders and 150 rapes a day in South Africa and countless armed robberies and car hijackings many residents are now armed.