Teen dies over cap

2015-09-01 06:00
An 18-year-old pupil was stabbed to death by a 20-year-old pupil of Oaklands High School on Friday after an argument ensued over a cap.

An 18-year-old pupil was stabbed to death by a 20-year-old pupil of Oaklands High School on Friday after an argument ensued over a cap.

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An 18-year-old boy lost his life on Friday evening after he was stabbed to death in an altercation over a cap, which was quiet likely a part of a robbery attempt.

The victim was stabbed outside Oaklands High School in Lansdowne in full view of a crowd that had gathered outside the school premises in hopes to gain access to the variety show hosted at the school.

Eye witness accounts reveal that the victim got into a confrontation with a 20-year-old.

Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka says the incident occurred at 21:45.

“A 20-year-old suspect was arrested for stabbing another boy with a knife. The incident occurred during the variety show hosted at Oaklands High School,” Mnyaka says.

The suspect is a Grade 11 pupil at Oaklands, Mnyaka confirms.

Mnyaka explains the victim and suspect were outside the school premises at the time as they “had no tickets to enter”.

The variety show hosted at the school became so rowdy that security had to be bumped up as the community police forum and various neighbourhood watches were requested to go and control the crowd.

“According to [friends of the deceased] one of the boys from the school wanted to steal the victim’s cap and stabbed him to death. He sustained one wound to the heart.”

The deceased was a Grade 12 pupil at Zonnebloem Nest in Woodstock.

Mitchell’s Plain community police forum cluster chairperson Hanif Loonat says a lockdown had to be imposed after the crowd got rowdy.

“People wanted to gain access to the event at the school but they did not have tickets and by 21:00 there were no tickets left. Due to this we had to close the gates and restrict access to the school,” he says.

Loonat explains the crowd that gathered outside was a mix of pupils from various schools, including pupils from Oaklands High.

“There were about 30 taxis lining Racecourse Road and pupils were drinking in these taxis. However, there was no alcohol allowed at the event.”

Loonat says the victim came running towards a group of neighbourhood watch members and just collapsed.

“I could see the boy was stabbed in his chest. He collapsed in front of us after the altercation took place in front of everybody standing outside. The boy’s eyes were rolling in his head, he was also foaming at the mouth and was unresponsive,” Loonat explains.

He adds emergency services were called to the scene but the victim “was bleeding for at least 35 minutes before the ambulance arrived,” Loonat says.

The victim was declared dead on the scene.

Loonat adds the suspect was identified by an eyewitness.
“The suspect left the scene after the stabbing but he returned later and was watching from a distance. He was inebriated when taken into custody. They found a knife on him but by that time he already cleaned the knife, but traces of blood were found on it,” Loonat says.
“It is unfortunate to see that an event with good intentions was abused by criminality. It is unfortunate that pupils behave in such a fashion,” Loonat adds.
Loonat confirms they were also informed of “problems” at the same event during last year, “however, there was no damage”.

Mnyaka confirms the deceased was taken for a postmortem.

“The suspect was arrested immediately after eyewitnesses pointed out the suspect. He was detained at Lansdowne police station and will appear in Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder.”
Neither principals at Zonnebloem Nest and Oaklands High were available for comment at the time of going to print.

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