Girl gang kills teen for R10

2011-01-19 00:00

ILLEGAL occupants of a house in Prince Alfred Street — believed to be owned by a prominent eye specialist — on Monday stabbed and kicked a 16-year-old girl to death for R10,50.

Speaking to The Witness, Sbonelo Mbhele said it all started when four girls living in the house robbed a girl, only known as Alisa, a street child from Matatiele, when she visited friends who also lived there.

“She retaliated by demanding that they give her money back because they had taken R10,50 from her,” said Mbhele.

He said he tried to get the girls to stop fighting, but they refused.

“Alisa dared them to face her one on one as she was not afraid to take them on. When they realised that she was overpowering them, one of the girls fetched a knife from a guy who lives with them, saying she was going to use it for slicing meat,” said Mbhele.

She then stabbed Alisa in the neck, and when she fell another girl who had been sniffing glue “just kicked Alisa and the blood was oozing out of her”, said Mbhele.

“We then rushed for help. However, it was too late because when we came back Alisa was lying in a pool of blood and she was dead,” he added.

The girls then buried the knife and wanted to bury Alisa in the garden, but others in the house forbade them to do so, and they ran away, said Mbhele.

Three teenage girls aged 17 to 19 were later arrested and will appear in court on a murder charge today.

A concerned neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said they have been complaining about the illegal occupants of the house to its owner, Dr Jay Karrapian, for the past 18 months to no avail.

“I even asked him whether he was waiting for someone to get raped or die before doing something about his property, which has become a haven for prostitutes and thugs, but the doctor said he was going to evict them,” she said.

She said she was distraught when her 11-year-old son came running to her saying that a woman was lying dead in a pool of blood.

Noor Mohamed, another concerned neighbour, said their local councillor is not working in the interests of the community affected by this problem because it has been going on for the past 10 years.

But ward councillor Peter Green responded: “It is very tragic that a young girl has been killed in that house because I have been trying to get the owner, Dr Jay Karrapian, who is a prominent eye surgeon, to deal with the situation for some time now and he has not responded to my request.”

Green said that after he had consulted the Msunduzi Municipality about the matter, it decided to take action and expropriate the property.

Attempts to get hold of Dr Karrapian were unsuccessful.

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