Stabbed boy dies after altercation with friend

2014-06-20 00:00

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy died in hospital this week after being stabbed in the head, apparently by an 11-year-old who was his friend.

Andiswa Nxele, from KwaNxamalala in Sweetwaters area, spent four days in hospital after being dragged from his home and stabbed in the head on Saturday, allegedly over a dispute he had with his friend last week.

He died on Wednesday after apparently suffering brain damage. The 11-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday and was released on warning. He was charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and is expected back in court on July 2.

Andiswa was a Grade 7 pupil at Berg Street Primary School.

His uncle, Jabulani Nxele, told the The Witness they were told that the boys had an argument during a soccer game last week.

“I was told by others that the accused dragged him to his home from our gate. The next thing they told me to call the ambulance as he was stabbed in his head. We are still shocked by this incident and we still don’t know why they were fighting. Why was he dragged into the house of the accused if the fight was between them?

“This is sad. It’s hard to believe, as they were friends. They usually played together,” said Nxele.

He added that Andiswa was ­always helpful at home. “He wanted to become a better artist as he was always drawing when he was at home. He was helping in my tent hire business during the weekends,” said Nxele.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said officers are investigating a case of murder following Andiswa’s death. Naicker said a ­26-year-old female had also been arrested in ­connection with the incident and was charged with murder.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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