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British mother shot dead in South Africa ‘by relative who was cleaning a revolver’

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British mother-of-four is shot dead in freak accident while on dream holiday to South Africa ‘by relative who was cleaning a revolver and accidentally pulled the trigger’

  • Fatima Issa was shot at point blank range by a nine millimetre round fired by her relative 
  • Her relative had allegedly been cleaning the gun but forgot it was loaded and pulled the trigger
  • The accident happened in Meyersal View Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Last night her brother confirmed her death on Facebook saying she had ‘returned to the mercy of Allah’

A British mother-of-four was shot dead in a horrific accident while visiting relatives on a dream holiday to South Africa.

Fatima Issa, 47, had flown out with her daughter Humairah, 19, to spend a fortnight in the sun with family she had not seen for years.

But after a joyous reunion while staying at the residence in the gated Meyersal View Estate in Johannesburg, Issa, who was a school teacher at a Leicester College, tragically died.

Anti-crime campaigner Yusuf Abramjee revealed how the mother was shot dead.

Fatima Issa (pictured) had flown out to South Africa to spend time with family she hadn't seen in years - here she tried her hand at archery

Fatima Issa (pictured) had flown out to South Africa to spend time with family she hadn’t seen in years – here she tried her hand at archery

The mother-of-four was accidentally shot at point blank range with a nine millimetre round by a male relative

The mother-of-four was accidentally shot at point blank range with a nine millimetre round by a male relative 

He revealed a relative was cleaning a gun used for protection in the crime ridden city but appears to have forgotten that it was loaded.

South African media reported that while he inspected and cleaned the revolver he accidentally pulled the trigger and a nine millimetre round hit Fatima at point blank range.

The shocked male relative saw Fatima’s body blown to the floor with a fatal bullet wound that left her covered in her blood.

Paramedics raced to the scene and tried desperately to save Fatima but she succumbed to the severe injury.

Last night her brother Ebrahim Lambat confirmed her death on Facebook saying: ‘Request duas for my sister Fatima Issa.

‘She as returned to the mercy of Allah.’ 

A South African Police spokesman said they could not comment as it was too early but confirmed a full investigation is underway.

Her three other children had been left at home in Leicester, Leicestershire, with her husband Fayaz, 47, who worked for Leicester City Council.

Fatima's brother Ebrahim Lambat (pictured) broke the news of his sister's death on Facebook

Fatima’s brother Ebrahim Lambat (pictured) broke the news of his sister’s death on Facebook

Her husband Fayaz is planning to fly to South Africa following the tragic death of his wife Fatima Issa

Her husband Fayaz is planning to fly to South Africa following the tragic death of his wife Fatima Issa

Last night husband Fayaz was preparing to fly out to Johannesburg with his son Huzaifah, 21, as police tried to work out exactly what had happened. 

Local sources in Leicester have revealed on Facebook that relatives are making plans to fly out to support distraught husband 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.

Issa (pictured) had flown out with her daughter Humairah, 19, leaving her other children at home with her husband

Issa (pictured) had flown out with her daughter Humairah, 19, leaving her other children at home with her husband

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