An intense argument between a 17-year-old boy and his uncle ended in tragedy on Monday, 21 June, at Ratanang Village in Casteel near Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. The teen allegedly stabbed his uncle multiple times and was subsequently arrested by the police.
17-YEAR-OLD STABS UNCLE TO DEATH, SAY POLICE
The 17-year-old is expected to appear before the Acornhoek Magistrate’s Court imminently on allegations that he stabbed his 52-year-old uncle to death at their home on Monday.
“According to the report, the teenager was at home when his uncle, who lived with him as his guardian, arrived,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.
An argument broke out between the pair, which ended when the teenager stabbed the uncle in the upper body multiple times. When police arrived at the scene, they found the deceased lying in a pool of blood “still bleeding profusely.”
“Medical personnel were summoned and they, unfortunately, certified the victim dead,” said Hlathi. “A case of murder was then opened and the suspect was arrested whilst taking into consideration of the fact that he is still a minor.”
Probation Officers offered guidance on the handling of the teenager. The acting Mpumalanga police commissioner, Major General Thulani Phahla, “strongly” denounced the incident.
“It is unfortunate that violence has become an accepted norm of resolving matters in our society and this often results in unbearable circumstances,” said Phahla. “This situation needs to be urgently corrected by all walks of life.”
MINOR ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF FIREARM
In an unrelated matter, in the Western Cape, on Tuesday, 22 June, a 17-year-old boy was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Kraaifontein, Cape Town.
Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said police were patrolling the community at 10:15 when they noticed a suspicious person in Wolwefontein Street, Summerville. The suspect apparently fled as soon as he noticed the police vehicle but officers set after him and successfully apprehended and searched him.
“A loaded 9mm pistol was found in the possession of the suspect, who could not produce a valid license to possess such a firearm,” said Swartbooi.
“The 17-year-old male was arrested and detained. Once charged, the suspect will make a court appearance in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.”