AN ARGUMENT over a hat ended tragically when a teenage girl allegedly stabbed and killed her boyfriend
The incident happened at the GaMakanye section of Mothapo village in Mankweng, Limpopo, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police spokesman Constable Moses Molepo said a massive search had been mounted for the 14-year-old girl who was on the run.
Molepo said the teenager and her 17-year-old boyfriend were walking towards the deceased's home when the couple got involved in a heated argument.
The girl allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the boy once in the chest.
The boy, who Molepo identified as Andries Kubayi, died at the scene.
"Preliminary information we have gathered has revealed that the two teenagers were walking towards the boyfriend's home when the argument started," Molepo said.
"The deceased was stabbed and killed a few metres from his home."
Molepo said the circumstances that led to the fatal stabbing were still unknown.
Sowetan, has, however, learnt that the young lovers were arguing over a hat that belonged to the deceased.
"We will try and find out in our investigations what really caused the argument," Molepo said.
"We are concerned because minors are involved in this tragic accident."
He said the knife that was used in the stabbing had been seized.
Molepo said that the knife would be used as an exhibit when the suspect was apprehended and appeared in court.
Meanwhile, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has expressed shock and disappointment at the incident.
SACC general secretary Reverend Mautji Pataki said teenagers were supposed to enjoy the warmth of their families "and not that of boyfriends".
He said if it was true that the teenage girl had committed the crime, "then the blame must be laid squarely on her family".
"It is not right for a 14-year-old girl to get into relationships," Pataki said.
"It means the child had not reached a stage where she could calculate and take rational decisions."
Pataki further called on families to play their parenting roles and not to allow their children to seek "acceptance, warmth and comfort outside their own homes". - email@example.com