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9-Year-Old Boy Fatally Stabs 10-Year-Old on Their Way Home from School

A nine year old boy fatally stabbed a ten year old boy during their journey home from school in Brandfort, Free State, South Africa.

In Brandfort, Free State, South Africa, a harrowing incident unfolded as a nine-year-old boy fatally stabbed a 10-year-old boy during their journey home from school.

According to Captain Stephen Thakeng, spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Free State, the altercation escalated when the younger boy retrieved a knife from his home and returned to fatally wound his peer.

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The confrontation occurred on May 10, 2024, around 16:00, involving two boys from different schools. Paramedics discovered the victim, still in school attire, with a stab wound to the chest. Tragically, the 10-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Identified as Kamogelo Leepile, the victim attended WSM Malotle Primary School, while the perpetrator, a grade 4 learner from Monamodi Primary School, allegedly acted in response to bullying.

The suspect’s mother reported ongoing harassment by the victim and his sibling.

Makalo Mohale, the Free State Education MEC, expressed profound shock and condemned the incident, emphasizing the need for schools to foster safety for all students and staff.

In response, psycho-social support has been dispatched to both schools to offer counseling services, as the community grapples with the tragic loss and seeks avenues for healing.

“It is alleged that two schoolboys, from different schools, were on their way to their respective homes on 08 May 2024 at about 16:00 when a fight reportedly broke out between them,” he said.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the nine-year-old boy went to get a knife from his home nearby and returned, stabbing the 10-year-old boy.

“Police were informed about the incident and upon arrival, found a 10-year-old boy still in school uniform lying inside the ambulance with a stab wound on the left side of his chest.

“The paramedics pointed out a silver stainless steel knife with a black handle on the ground.

“The boy was certified dead at the scene in one of the streets of Nomzamo Park, Majwemasweu, Brandfort. The mother identified the deceased as her son.

“Both are Grade 4 learners in different primary schools in Brandfort. An inquest has been registered and the nine-year-old child was handed over to his parents to be referred to social workers.” he added.

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