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By unknown | Jan 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Pertunia Ratsatsi

An on-going feud between a mother and her brother resulted in a young boy ending up in hospital for a week and missing school on the first day last week.

Petrus Maponya, 7, a grade 3 pupil at Tembalihle Primary school in Allemansdrift, Mpumalanga, missed his first day at school after being discharged from Mametlhake Hospital last Monday.

Petrus was apparently assaulted by his uncle Junkie, 19, a grade 12 pupil, on New Year's Eve.

The uncle allegedly assaulted Petrus after he accused him of stealing R5 from his cigarettes money. He sells cigarettes to make a living.

According to the boy's mother Rose, 27, her son almost died from injuries he sustained from the beatings.

" My brother used an electric cable to assault my son while I was at a relative's house. He was not moving when my neighbours took him to hospital. While in hospital, he could not speak or go to the toilet on his own, for about five days.

"Now my son refuses to go to school because of the visible scars on his arms and legs. There are strict rules at his school that all children are expected to wear short sleeve pants and shirts. He will feel embarrassed if he goes to school because other children will make fun of him," said Rose.

She wants her brother to pay for what he did to her son, but the two have a history of fighting with each other. Sowetan learned from Junkie that Rose could not open a case against him because he had let her off-the-hook before.

"I feel bad about what I did to my nephew. It was the first time that I had beaten him and I hope my sister will find it in herself to forgive me. I lost my temper that day because I sell cigarettes so that I am able to buy study guides for my matric.

" In 2006, my sister and I had a fight and she poured boiling water over me. I was hospitalised for weeks, but I did not open a case against her. So, I want her to do the same for me. What I did to her son was wrong, as much as what she did to me. I believe we can move on because now we are even."


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