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The 47-year-old was shot dead at point blank range –
Photo: Yusuf Abramjee / Twitter

Fatima Issa: SIX new details emerge after UK tourist’s ‘bizarre’ death in SA

The funeral of Fatima Issa will take place later today – but the UK tourist’s death in Johannesburg is as shocking as it is strange.

Fatima Issa uk tourist johannesburg

The 47-year-old was shot dead at point blank range –
Photo: Yusuf Abramjee / Twitter

Family, friends, and colleagues of Fatima Issa are reeling from the death of the UK tourist, after she was killed in bizarre circumstances during her visit to Johannesburg. The mom-of-four, aged 47, succumbed to her injuries after being hit by a stray bullet. More details have emerged overnight.

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Fatima Issa in her most recent photo posted to social media. The Leicester resident was tragically killed while in Johannesburg – Photo: Facebook

How was Fatima Issa killed?

The official version of events is that a family member accidentally shot Fatima Issa while cleaning a firearm at the property. Paramedics rushed to the scene after receive a distress call, but they could not save the Leicester resident after arriving in Meyersdal.

A police investigation is now underway. Meanwhile, her nearest and dearest have paid tribute to the deceased. Brother Ebrahim Lambat posted a poignant sentiment on Facebook, stating that she had ‘returned to the mercy of Allah’. Teaching colleagues of Issa also shared their condolences:

“Everyone at The City of Leicester College 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.”

City of Leicester College

New details emerge after UK tourist’s strange death in Johannesburg

After initial reports came through yesterday, more information was made public on Tuesday. Although SAPS are largely remaining tight-lipped about this case, they have been able to provide us with the following updates.

  • Fatima Issa had flown out to South Africa with her daughter for two weeks. She was visiting family she had not seen ‘for years’.
  • While seeing her relatives, one had brought out a gun to clean. The firearm was used for ‘protection’ due to Johannesburg’s high crime rates.
  • Tragically, the 9mm revolver discharged while being rubbed. A bullet hit Fatima Issa at point blank range.
  • One source says the family saw the victim ‘get blown to the floor’, and was left ‘covered in blood’ immediately afterwards.
  • The incident happened inside a gated community. The Meyersdal Estate is considered to be a safe-haven from local criminality.
  • Her husband, still in the UK, is now making a plan to fly out to Johannesburg. Her funeral will take place at midday today.