Mafu Zaula, 5 months old, is in a coma after he and his mother were shot in the road outside their house in Fever Tree Road in Delft.

Cape Town - The five-month-old boy who was shot in the face in a hail of bullets which killed his mother, is out of intensive care.

Nomampondo Zaula, 43, was shot dead outside their home in Delft at about 8.40pm on Tuesday – leaving little Mafu fighting for his life.

His sister, Sakhe, said her brother had been hit in the face by a bullet, and they had taken him to the Delft day clinic, from where he was transferred to Tygerberg Hospital.

Sakhe said on Thursday night: “They say he is out of a coma, but he will be in hospital for a very long time.”

The Cape Argus understands that the reference to the baby having been in a “coma” referred to time in an incubator after being admitted.

Laticia Pienaar, communications officer at Tygerberg Hospital, said on Wednesday “the baby is in a stable condition and will be later transferred to a paediatric ward”.

Sakhe confirmed this had taken place.

She said the family had not been told of any arrests in relation to the murder.

Police spokesman André Traut said the gunman had been an unidentified man who had fled.

Cape Argus