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gunTimesLIVE reports that a memorial service for slain senior state advocate Addelaid Ann Ferreira Watt was held in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Thursday.  

Her daughter Lindsay Ann received her mother's prosecutor's robe and a memorial candle from NPA head Shamila Batohi.  Watt died on 18 November after a gun displayed in the Ixopo regional court as an exhibit was accidentally discharged.  Apparently the gun fell in court and a shot went off, hitting Watt in what has been described as a “freak accident”.  Batohi asked how something like that could have happen and said it must never happen again.  She said prosecutors around the country were shocked at the “most tragic” death of a well-known colleague.  She added that Watt had made traumatised victims of crime and witnesses feel at ease in the courtroom.  A case of culpable homicide has been opened while the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating the actions of an officer who was meant to have ensured that the weapon was not loaded.  On Thursday, Batohi said authorities must get to the bottom of the incident.  .

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nivashni Nair at TimesLIVE

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