Social worker to help boy, 9, after mom killed

A young couple were recently found dead with gunshot wounds at the Stellendale complex in Kuils River.

The Department of Social Development (DSD) has assigned a social worker to help the 9-year-old boy whose mother was allegedly shot dead by her boyfriend last week.

The boyfriend later turned the gun on himself, according to the department and residents who spoke to Northern News after the Sunday November 28 incident.

According to sources, multiple gun shots could be heard that evening. They say the dead woman’s funeral takes place in the Eastern Cape on Friday November 26.

Provincial police spokesman Sergeant Wesley Twigg said police were investigating a murder.

DSD spokesman Joshua Chigome said the boyfriend did not live with the woman at the gated complex in Stellendale, Kuils River.

“A risk assessment with the child will be conducted by a social worker.

“This will determine if the child needs to be placed in alternative care, and placement by close/immediate family is the first priority.

“If family placement is not possible, then the child can be placed in the care of a safety parent or in foster care. The duration of placement in foster care will be determined by the children’s court.”

The boy was currently in the care of his biological father, he said.