The family of Storm Nuku, the 10-year-old South African boy who was savagely mauled to death by his own family’s two Pitbulls, are requesting assistance for his burial.

The tragic incident happened Monday, Sep. 26 at Nuku’s home in Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, a city in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province. 

According to the police, Nuku and two other children were playing in the house when the attack occurred. The reason for the dogs turning on the child is still unknown.

Nuku was pronounced dead at the scene, Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

"It is alleged that at about 1.15 pm police were alerted to the incident and on arrival shot both dogs inside the house. It is further alleged that Storm Nuku and two other children were in the house with the dogs. It is unclear what happened when the two dogs turned on the boy at this stage. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene," Naidu said.

 "An inquest docket would be opened for further investigation," the officer added.

Nuku's family is pleading for donations to help in the burial of their child. The burial will be done next Sunday pending autopsy results as per the latest reports.

The parent of a close friend of Nuku, Khanita Govinden, said: "The family is appealing for donations, big or small. This loving, playful baby boy is being laid to rest next week Sunday pending autopsy results. We have a family who needs assistance in laying their baby to rest. Losing a child is a painful experience and I cannot imagine the pain the family is feeling to experience such a tragic loss. My heart goes out to them every second of the day. Not having the funds to give your child a proper burial is every parent’s nightmare."
 
The young boy’s horrific death came as a shocker, prompting an outcry from the Sizwe Kupelo Foundation to ban Pitbulls as domestic pets in South Africa. 

"We cannot continue losing young people like Storm Nuku to these vicious dogs that have shown time and again that they should not be kept as pets," the organization said.
 
Meanwhile, condolences have been coming in from different parts of the world. The family hopes to find peace within themselves after the burial of their loved one.
 

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