Kamogelo Seekoei and Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi
Five schoolboys have been arrested in connection with the killing of King Edward VII School pupil Mfundo Ntshangase.
Mfundo, 17, pictured, was killed on Sunday morning at a social after-party in Randburg, Johannesburg.
The Grade 11 pupil was attacked by a group of boys when he tried to intervene in a fight involving his friend. He was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back.
Four of the five schoolboys were fetched from their classes at Athlone High School and arrested.
Police said the boys are aged between 16 and 18.
"The fifth boy is from an unnamed college in Johannesburg," Inspector Hin van Heerden said yesterday.
He said the boys were arrested at about 9am yesterday.
They were taken to Randburg police station where they were questioned and detained. They are expected to appear in court tomorrow.
Parents of the five boys had not presented themselves at the police station by last night, but Mfundo's uncle, Patrick Sephakwe, said the family was relieved the boys had been arrested.
Mfundo's mother, Nonhlanhla Ntshangase, said she was happy the police had moved swiftly in arresting her son's alleged killers.
She said at first she had been reluctant to speak to the media about her son's killing, but following advice from her family, she decided to open up.
"The pressure that the media exerted on everybody was tremendous.
"Even those boys knew they could not hide," Ntshangase said.
She said the arrests "made the pain a bit bearable".
"There is a piece of the puzzle that has been put together. Other pieces will take time to join the puzzle. Others will never be found, but these arrests have really made me happy," she said.
She said her wish was to see the five boys and personally ask them why they had killed her son, "but my culture does not allow me to leave the house".
Sephakwe, who is also a policeman, said he would not interfere with the investigations.
Sephakwe said his nephew was not the kind of person to provoke others.
"He did not have any violent streaks. He was an obedient boy," Sephakwe said at the police station.