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School boy 'killers' in court

By unknown | Feb 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Almost five months after Mfundo Ntshangase's death, his family is still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

About 10 family members sat in the Randburg magistrate's court gallery waiting for proceedings into his murder to start on Friday.

The former Grade 11 pupil at King Edward VII School was allegedly attacked by a group of boys when he tried to intervene in a fight involving his friend in September last year.

Mfundo was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back during a birthday party in Randburg. He died at Olivedale Hospital.

His friend was also stabbed but survived.

Seven youths appeared briefly before magistrate George Andrews but the case was postponed to allow some of them to apply for legal aid. The boys were accompanied by their parents who stood beside them during the proceedings.

Some of Mfundo's relatives wept in court. His mother Nonhlanhla Ntshangase, 40, left the courtroom for about five minutes to calm down.

The mother of accused number six, who is in custody, held back tears as the magistrate asked for her name.

Mfundo's mother burst out during proceedings and said: "Magistrate, I have to speak. I am the mother of the child who was murdered and I know that there is a child here who is 18 years old.

"He should be treated as an adult. Please, something has to be done."

The case was postponed to March 7.


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