Boy stabbed to death over pencil

2012-10-18 08:41

Pretoria - A teenager was stabbed to death by a good friend of his at school, apparently after they got into a fight over a pencil.

Donald Molefe, 16, died on the scene after he was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the left arm, back and side, reported Beeld.

The incident happened at Berea Park High School in the Pretoria CBD.

Principal Izak Theron said the incident happened during the second break.

“I can’t believe it happened. The children are searched at the gate every morning when they arrive at school,” he said.

The stabbed boy’s mother burst into tears when she was informed of his death.

A relative said they were shocked because the boy’s attacker was a close friend of Donald’s.

“They often went to each other’s houses.”

Theron said another boy was stabbed in the hand when he tried to stop the fight.

The other children would receive counselling on Thursday.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-18 08:51

    Unfortunately discipline is a thing of the past. We see adults on a daily bases murdering, stealing, toi toing, destroying and intimidating. Our teachers are no longer allowed to discipline the kids in anyway at our schools. What kind of values are we instilling in our children these days? Anarchy and chaos will follow closely on the heels of ill disciplne.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-18 09:00

      The teachers are also doing the destruction thing comes toi toi time.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-18 09:01

      One can take the reality of ill discipline by the story where a person was shot in front of police and cameras. What was the outcome of that...? SWEET F ALL! This is what our once beautiful country has been reduced to. Barbaric behavior with zero consequences. One can literally get away with murder in country. I weep for SA!

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-18 14:36

      If this was a africanner's death, you would have heard the RIP'S and the other sympathy Sh*t from all of you including the coconuts of this platform. ANC needs to radically address the poverty issues so that "a simple pencil" shouldn't be misinterpreted as an asserts. Sorry to the bereaved family and that crap murderer should be dealt with accordingly. He's lucky I'm not the victims uncle, he would be in a government mortuary as I'm writing this.

      george.outremer - 2012-10-19 09:54

      @Semonatenate - judging from your opening statement, the biggest coconut on the tree is surely you. I have never understood why people have the need to post messages of condolence or RIP for people they do not know. But hey, who am I to judge? As for your need to reduce this to a racist and revenge issue, I have to wonder about your mindset. Maybe you need some professional help to deal with these (and some) deep seated issues.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-18 08:56

    A good friend? Clearly the friendship was a farce. There is a looot of that going around.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-18 09:00

      Glad it wasn't a pay dispute.

      noedig.greene - 2012-10-18 11:17

      Actually most problems in life come from this so called "friends"

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-10-18 09:00

    Shocking....My condolence to the family

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-10-18 09:10


  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-18 09:02

    A thin roll of Durban Poison is also called a "Pencil" - 2012-10-18 09:07

      So what are you saying kenpeg? That if the fight was over dagga, the killing is justified??? I HOPE that is NOT what you mean ....

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-18 09:15

      No killing is justified over a "pencil" whatever sort.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-18 09:32

      Not even a solid gold pencil?

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-10-18 13:31

      Best answer I've read all day ! Makes sense - I mean who the devil would want to fight over a normal pencil - but the weed says it all!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-18 14:18 - He was merely making a statement. Not an accusation or a justification.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-18 09:04

    it's because it is set as example ... bring your pangas and knopkieries ! and if your'e disciplined.... sue the who wants to teach you manners man !!!

  • scholesss - 2012-10-18 09:06

    ooh our kids are becoming criminals at young age. please parents teach your kids how to behave.

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-10-18 09:06

    Bad bad breeding

  • Jason - 2012-10-18 09:06

    shame imagine it was a rubber

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:38

      he would still be busy.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-18 09:42

      or a sharpener

      janice.glenn.773 - 2012-10-18 11:21

      Imagine it was your son...

  • michael.hein.7374 - 2012-10-18 09:09

    Kill to take the land, kill to get an increase, kill to get food, kill to have sex, kill to get drunk, kill for cellphone....... dont cry when it happens to one of your own if that how you act or teach...!!! Fu**ing animals...

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-18 09:43

      homicide fairytales

      mlungisi.mwelase.9 - 2012-10-18 10:17

      Lets not politicise this incident

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-18 11:59

      @Michael.hein.7374:) I just read your comment, and as a black person who harbours a belief that I am as civilised as a anyone whether they are white, gold, green or yellow, I feel that it cannot go unchallenged. First, I am a policeman who has carried firearms, many kinds, for twenty six years now, yet I still have to fire it in anger. Please, don't count the number of times I fire it in the shooting-range to the amusing clapping from those watching. Second, I am the father of two grown-ups whom I teach no to resort to any kind of violence no matter the circumstances. I don't even want to mention my nine year-old old, he delights all who knows him both black and white. Values are taught at home and they don't have anything with a person melanin. Last, but not least I am on the verge of completing my law degree, a dream I had as a child, which was impeded by financial constraints. I always imagined myself being addressed as Advocate Mnguni. How is that from a savage?

      beki.khumalo - 2012-10-18 11:59

      Sure Micheal! You finally got the chance you've been waiting for to spew racial stereotypical hatred! Nice! I wonder what you said in 2008 when that sick, barbaric, animal butchered his school mates with a sword at Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp! Some people amaze me! Sies!

      wynand.bothma - 2012-10-18 12:16

      Beki - why do you have to go back 4 years to prove your point. I agree that there is no need for racism, but unfortunately you only read about black on black & black on white killings - very few time the other way around. I think it's not about race, but demographics and education. Mr Mnguni - I wish that all your comrades had your mind set - but being a police man, you would know that unfortunately that is not true. I cannot blame some people for feeling the way they do. I have been shot at in my own house by someone who wanted to take my stuff, that I worked hard for. You don't see white people doing that, that is the blatant truth. We should focus on education - otherwise we are F***ed!

  • tom.theunissen.12 - 2012-10-18 09:09

    Cry the beloved country!!!!!!!!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 09:10

    All signs of a lawless and rotten society.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-18 09:14


  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 09:28

    The I want......give mentality

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-18 09:28

    If we can all go to church on sundays, sa will be a better place.

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:41

      they kill at churches too ... remember the rest of Africa?

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-18 09:56

      ever since i started going 2 church, i hv managed 2 forgive all of my old enemies

      paula.leech03 - 2012-10-18 10:32

      Going to church on a Sunday doesn't make you a good Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car. Being a good person comes from within and is portrayed by your actions and how you treat others. It's about compassion and kindness towards your fellow man. That should be taught to us by our parents from a young age.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-18 09:30

    What can we say when other people say it is our culture for every man to carry a knife wherever he goes,be it school,work,church,hunting or sports field.This barbaric culture needs to be totally banned.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-18 09:45

      I carry my pocket knife like some wear a watch. I have never stabbed anybody or threaten anybody with it, yet. My dad gave it to me when I turned 10. He also taught me that it is not a toy.

      beki.khumalo - 2012-10-18 11:50

      Culture???? Reminds me of the sword killer in 2008 at Nic Diederichs Technical High School in Krugersdorp! Barbaric, sick!

      wynand.bothma - 2012-10-18 12:11

      Beki - why do you have to go back 4 years to prove your point. I agree that there is no need for racism, but unfortunately you only read about black on black & black on white killings - very few time the other way around. I think it's not about race, but demographics and education.

  • jomar.delange - 2012-10-18 09:31

    A good friend, you say?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-18 09:38

    Well today the youth see all the violence on tv that actually see their own parents striking out, burning, trashing, vandalizing everything, people being murdered in public view, so this is what is going to happen. Today children need to be taught respect and manners, they cant learn this when their parents are acting like hooligans. Today you can just see the school kids are not taught to have respect and manners. After school, these kids walk around town, they walk 3 and 4 abreast they wont give way for people, often old people are forced to either step aside or step into the road to let them pass. This is the same often they walk in the street and cars have to dodge them. They stand in the door way of shops not allowing the people to enter or exist the shop. This is really bad manners and they are already showing that respect means nothing, they are the youth step aside or else. This was alway drummed into us at school respect and manners. Todays kids dont even respect themselves they all believe life owes them something.....little do they know life owes them nothing, its what they have to do with their life that will earn them respect and hardwork will gain them a place on the ladder. Disrespect will earn them a place in the gutter.

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-18 09:39

    Hat off to you Koos. You said it all. Problem is the majority are not able to apprehend it. Nothing between their ears. Most of them are brainwashed.

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-18 09:46

      and the Vivaring of cANCer continues

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-18 10:31

      Same way yáll were brainwashed by Verwoerd? Guess we all suffer from the same disease then.

      J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-18 10:52

      @lorain .. You cannot use Verwoerd and Zuma in the same sentence. One was an idealistic moron, the other is just a moron. The question is why would ordinary black South Africans be so stupid as to allow what is going on in SA to continue. Surely there must be better candidates. Do you want to tell me that there is nobody in leadership that is strong enough to be the new Mandela and lead ALL, white black and all other colors.

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-10-18 09:48

    What a waste, When will the powers that be wake up , bring back disipline and corporal punishmennt at schools. What has it come to when pupils have to be searched every morning. My day all you would have found was a bag of marbles or a spinning top , whatever the craze at the time SIS SA

  • Andrea - 2012-10-18 09:49

    I was listening to an old cd the other day, the lyrics sound very true. This is where we are heading, unfortunately. It doesn't matter if you're wrong or if you're right. It makes no difference if you're black or if you're white. All men are equal till the victory is won. No colour or religion ever stopped the bullet from a gun. It doesn't matter if you're left or to the right. Don't try to hide behind the cause for what you fight. There'll be no prisoners taken when the day is done. No flag or uniform ever stopped the bullet from a gun. There's no communication, no one to take the blame. The cries of every nation have fallen on deaf ears again. Out in the fields, the fighting has begun. Out on the streets, they're falling one by one. Out from the skies, a thousand more will die each day. Death is just a heartbeat away.

  • Mandla - 2012-10-18 09:57

    what a wonderful country u being lead by death,u marry death,u recently bought yo death,yo death has greeted u,u friend with yo death,make yo death profitable,put death in(what is that?)JSC the longer u stay alive the economy go dwn

  • sedeshan - 2012-10-18 10:01

    Seriously?! What's going on with the youth? Must be mimicking what they see in their households - "Hey, give me the big piece!!" "No!"...stab, stab, stab, etc...

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 10:03

    Paul McCartney's Ebony and Ivory should replace our anthem. We can take it from there...

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-10-18 10:09

    Sometimes, I think we abandoned our shields too early in SA. The urge to stab others is clearly still there. Perhaps a revival (with modern materials) would be in order?

  • derendran.shunmugam - 2012-10-18 10:10

    Sad! a lesson to be learnt trust no one even your best friend can "Stab you in the back".

  • shenaaz.ismail.52 - 2012-10-18 10:16

    Unless i missed it somewhere within the doesn't say what he was stabbed with? What if it was with the pencil.. or maybe a compass? Even if you are searched, that wouldn't be considered a destructive object?

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:30

      I would imagine he was stabbed with a knife otherwise the article would have made mention of the weapon.

  • rufus.manyama - 2012-10-18 10:21

    Intentional killing of a human being because of a pencil,just imagine a pencil!

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-10-18 10:28

    Wtf! I've lost so many pencils at school but I'd never want to stab someone because of that. This is the most senseless killing ever!

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-10-18 10:32

    Read a story about robbie middleton this is not just black people or whites its happening everywhere,\r\nthe world is just f'd up!

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-10-18 18:00

      I agree auntie,not to mention the school killings in america that happens from time to time,these things are not limited to africans or any other race for that matter.

  • gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-18 10:36

    Apartheid se skuld!

      Andrea - 2012-10-18 11:31

      How is that?

      gaius.longinus.9 - 2012-10-18 11:32

      Andrea, it is just a joke. Apartheid is always it?

      Barefoot - 2012-10-19 07:35

      seems it only you thought apartheid would be blamed?

  • samuel.mphela - 2012-10-18 10:39

    Life is worth a pencil these days. :-(

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-18 10:41

    The sins of the fathers.... What a pityfull waste of life.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-18 11:00

    there is a tentacled tokoloshe (currently harboured most of the time round some little rich populist place nkandla but occasionally allowed out on excursions) that sidles into murky heads and clamps down all tentacles at the same time causing this "rabbit syndrome"!!!!! - - - // modern day African renaissance proponents many times confuse it with 'ubuntu' or BEE

  • jack.schnitzer.1 - 2012-10-18 11:11

    Even in my schooling years I've never seen something like this...tragic.

  • ludwe.kolwapi - 2012-10-18 11:32

    And this is our future ?! Now that is more scarier than some dudes armed with pangas...people shot in front of police,children stabbing each other over a pencil,do parents even beat their kids ? I got hiddings for days,and I turned out to be pretty solid

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-18 11:42

    This is a sad story, very sad. And blaming people cultures, parenting etc is not the answer. The boy that killed him is a sick monster, if he hadn't done this now he was gonna do it to someone else later in his life! Reminds me of the Krugersdorp sword killer in 2008 at Nic Diederichs Technical High School. For those who are going racial on this, you're being opportunistic. Plus just because the murdered boy was black it doesn't necessarily mean the 'friend' was black as well. Condemn barbaric behaviour for exactly what it is!

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-18 11:45

    There is a big book, it has been a best seller for many years. In that book there are Ten laws to follow. Follow them and teach your kids to follow them and all this hatred and social unrest will disappear. Ten simple laws, that's it. God is good! To the parents of the decease kid my sincere condolences.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-10-18 12:59

      Is that the same book that orders parents of cheeky, disrespectful children to stone them to death at the edge of town?

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-10-18 13:00

      Is that the same book which explicitly condones slavery?

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-10-18 13:01

      Is that the same book which orders the killing of those who blaspheme? Just making sure. I think we're talking about the same book.

      jack.masterp - 2012-10-18 16:36

      U dnt need a book to raise your children all I can say Is tha charity begins @ home

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-10-18 11:56

    Welcome to Africa...

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-10-18 12:09

    Close friends don't stab each other over pencils. These two were not friends.

  • ceba.mlandu - 2012-10-18 12:21

    I think at 16 you've earned the right to be sent to butt pounding prison.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-18 12:36

    I sure am glad that I finished school in 93. Public education has become so hardcore. If you can't afford to send your kids to a private school god help them.

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-10-18 12:53

    Robbie middleton an 8 year old white boy who was raped then tied to a tree and burned alive by another white boy in america these savage acts don't just happen in \africa\ or by black people I'm tired of these bull comments!

  • WangJinNam - 2012-10-18 14:24

    I don't think it was just about a pencil. I mean who (in their right mind) would kill their friend over a mere pencil!

      Natasha Jones - 2012-10-18 17:04

      yes, things like that does happen over small issues.. but its so sad to see that a life was worth a pencil.

  • cherry.tcmr - 2012-10-18 14:49

    I detect lots and lots of unresolved anger from the perp. He needs a good counsellor and hope he gets it. Sorry to the deceased and his family. Time is a healer.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 15:03

    Over a pencil, ok. Tell this idiot the rocket scientist did not deliver his text book

  • mahlatse.jennifer - 2012-10-18 17:11

    i have never thought i would hear such news like this about berea park high students or any other pupil...i was shocked.what if donald's family were looking up to him,thinking and wishing he goes to school and finishes his studies so that he can look after them,and now his gone...the killers future is also ruined...we teenagers have changed alot and the story gets worse every time you hear it...i am 105% sure that this fight wasnt because of a pencil or the girl-friend,there must be something behind this.......

  • Wadzanayi Robert Mubaiwa - 2012-10-18 20:56

    with “good” friends like this who needs enemies

      paul.petersen.1023 - 2012-10-18 21:25

      Kids are inheriting all this anger,violence and hostility from the parents. It is a very sad and vicious cycle that needs to broken a.s.a.p. Schools need to include anger management in the curriculum as there is an urgent need for it. The violence and bullying is a problem in most schools and not dealt with adequately in fact even overlooked in some schools as the paperwork is too much for some. Parents need to wake up and smell the coffee and act like responsible parents before its too late.

  • patrick.makgeledise - 2012-10-18 21:43

    I think the boy has seen lots of violence that is happening around him. Maybe his parents always fights in his presence, he really needs counselling. GOD HELP HIM.

      karen.t.hawkey - 2012-10-19 16:14

      You're right Patrick, he must have seen violence and believes it is the answer to everything. But unfortunately that is learned ... just look at the miners and the truckers who were/are striking ... violence doesn't solve anything and this young guy will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his natural life and should get some counselling.

  • nkululeko.bravo - 2012-10-19 00:08

    Indeed killing has became a chore to some people.we getting close to the core point of needing no reason to kill a person.#tragic#pray for God to intervine and to forgive the condolences to the famiily of the deceased.

  • numerofigo - 2012-10-19 05:21

    Damn that's harsh