Pretoria – The South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s spokesperson Joe Malia was killed in a freak shooting range, on Friday.
It is said that Maila accidentally shot himself during a shooting range in Silverton. This statement was confirmed by the police.
The Gauteng police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said, “A 42 year old male shot himself at a shooting range in Silverton at around 18:00 on Thursday.
The health minister released a statement a statement on Friday afternoon saying, “profound sense of sadness” referring to the news regarding his spokesperson.
The minister went on to say” He passed away yesterday evening. The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known to the ministry. Joe Maila is survived by his wife and two children”.
The minister also appealed to the community members and the media to allow Maila’s family to grieve and deal with the death of their loved one.
The details of his memorial services as well as his funeral will be announced as soon as the family has decided and given the information to the ministry.
Dlamini also confirmed that “An inquest docket has been opened at Pretoria”. He also went on to say that surroundings of this incident will be part of the inquest docket that is opened.