upset! A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.


A 5-year-old boy, Ditebogo Jr., was shot dead after his father's Toyota Hilux was hijacked outside their home in Soshanguve, north of Gauteng, South Africa.

Police spokesperson, Lt. Col. Mawela Masondo said the child had gone out to greet his father, Dietbogo Phalane, when he arrived home on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 10:30 p.m.

“An unconfirmed number of armed suspects allegedly hijacked the father's white Toyota bakkie and shot the five-year-old boy who later died at the hospital,” Masendo said.

Falane's cousin, Gift Makoti took to X to share the heartbreaking news of the boy's demise.

“My cousin was hijacked hours ago in Sushangwe Block Uu, they took his bookie. He was with his son, they shot a 5 year old boy!! He didn't make it!! Who is this country now? It's come to the present!!!!!!!!!!! It's a baby man!!!!!! He wrote

She posted photos of the young boy, Ditebogo Phalane Jnr, with his father smiling and looking happy. He said that the boy's father is invincible.

“He and his son had a strong bond. His son was always outside with him, holding him. I don't know how he would have survived without his son,” she said.

The tragic incident has shocked and angered social media users.

Many people have helped erect a gravestone for the boy.

A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.

A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.
A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.
A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father home in South Africa.A five-year-old boy was shot dead by hijackers while welcoming his father to South Africa.

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