Eight-year-old Idie Boshoff, accidentally shot and killed by her father in Centurion during an attempted house robbery, will be buried on Thursday, Beeld reported.

“At this stage, we're just going through the motions, and sorting out funeral arrangements,” Adele Boshoff, the child's mother, told Beeld.

“Of course we're in a terrible state... what happened is not something that we're going to be able to process very easily.”

Jannie Raath, head of the Hennopspark Primary School, where the child was a pupil, said a memorial service had been arranged for Friday, in the school hall. Raath said Idie's parents, and especially her father, were shattered.

“I don't think her parents comprehend the reality of it yet.”

Police are still searching for five or six burglars who broke into the Boshoff's home in Lyttelton on Friday night and stole a handbag. Idie was shot dead when she tried to open the door to her parents' bedroom, and her father, mistaking her for one of the burglars, fired a shot through the closed door.

A case of culpable homicide is being investigated, after which the director of public prosecutions will make a decision about whether or not to continue with the case. - Sapa