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While climbing a tree in search of fresh guavas in Braemar, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday morning, 12-year-old Bongumusa Duma was shot and killed by a man who mistook him for a monkey, reports the South Coast Herald.

Scottburgh SAPS communications officer Captain Vincent Pandarum said: “An 87-year-old man mistook the boy in the tree for a monkey and shot him with a licensed shotgun.”

Duma was hit in the upper body and head. He died at the scene.

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