A 15-year-old schoolgirl is in hospital fighting for her life after she was allegedly stabbed 11 times by a motorist whose advances she rejected.
The incident, which has shocked fellow pupils, happened yesterday morning while she was on her way to school with friends in eMpangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
The girl, whose identity has been withheld, is a Grade 9 pupil at Mpangeni High School.
"She was stabbed repeatedly in the upper body, presumably with a knife. She was taken to a local hospital and was in a critical condition," said Mounties Ambulance Service spokesperson Joseph Kruger.
Mpangeni police spokesperson Sergeant Zanele Mkhwanazi said the pupil was on her way to school when she was attacked by the man, who cannot be named until he appears in court.
"The pupil was walking along Dunn Road in Central Park when the man, who is in his 30s, showed up and suggested that they made love.
Initially the girl ignored him but he nagged until she insulted him.
"Well at least, that's his version of the story," said Mkhwanazi.
Mkhwanazi said police were still trying to get more information from the suspect because his statement was mixed up.
"We hope that the girl will recover so that she gives us her side of the story," she said.
After stabbing the girl the man fled but was apprehended by witnesses.
"The girl is still fighting for her life in hospital," Mkhwanazi said.
Meanwhile, parents and community members Sowetan spoke to expressed shock, with some calling for the suspect to be sent to jail for a long time.
"I think he must be hanged. We can't have such lunatics acting like this. When we send our children to school we want to do so knowing very well that they will come back," said one parent.
"We can't have a situation where some crazy people use violence because they are rejected by those who they are making advances at. By the way she is just 15, Dickson Zikhali said.
The man is expected to appear in the Mpangeni magistrate's court today.