Sibusiso Tshabalala is accused of fatally shooting his son because he thought the boy was a hijacker. File picture: Lindi Masinga/African News Agency (ANA)

Johannesburg - The case of the man accused of shooting dead his son because he believed he was a hijacker will not be transferred to the high court for trial.

Speaking at the Lenasia Magistrate's Court where it is being heard, Magistrate Maggie Van Der Merwe said the case would proceed there until its finalised.

"The matter will not be transferred to the high court, it will proceed at the local court. The investigation has been finalised and I am optimistic that the matter will be finalized between attornies," she said.

Sibusiso Tshabalala, 51, seemed absent-minded during proceedings when he appeared before a half-empty courtroom. Tshabalala is alleged to have thought his son was a hijacker and shot him before he realised who was at his car.

At the time of the shooting, Tshabalala was at the Fred Norman High School and waiting to pick up his son who was busy with extra lessons. He dozed off in the car while waiting. When his son was done, he knocked on the window but was allegedly shot by Tshabalala who claimed to have been startled by seeing someone at the window as he thought he was a hijacker.

The matter was postponed to November 6 to allow his defence team to make final arrangements pertaining to the case. 

Magistrate Van Der Merwe said she was confident the case would be finalised on the new date issued. 

The Star