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Soweto teen charged for murder

2013-01-16 13:02

Johannesburg - A Soweto youth will appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing an 18-year-old teenager in Pimville, police said on Wednesday.

The youth, also 18, will appear on Thursday for the crime that was committed on Saturday night. He was arrested on Monday and charged with murder, Constable Zanele Bens said.

He allegedly stabbed Thato Motale to death. Motale suffered two stab wounds.

On Wednesday, the Sowetan reported that Motale was fighting his 16-year-old cousin's battles with a group of izikhothane (proponents of a township sub-culture known for their love of expensive brands).

The boy told the newspaper he was visiting a friend in the area where he saw izikhothane dancing and swearing.

"I was talking to my friend, minding my own business, when one izikhothane approached me and started swearing at me," the boy told the newspaper.

Later on that day he told his cousin, Thato, when the fight broke up between them and the group of four izikhothanes.

They chased the group when Thato tripped and fell. He was then stabbed twice. He died on his way to hospital.

Comments
  • abner.malema - 2013-01-16 13:16

    Parents you're to blame why buy expensive clothes knowing they use them to scold other kids or burn them

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-16 13:30

    The behaviour of some of the young people is simply barbaric!!

  • lulama.njapa - 2013-01-16 13:41

    I just can't wrap my head around this moronic group(izikhothane). I don't get how one could even think like these boys. Their mothers (because most of them are raised by single mothers) are not very rich, in fact they are not rich at all but all they can think of, is dressing in expensive clothes. In this economical climate? Really? Parents really need to instill some values in their children. These boys need to understand the times we are living in. It makes me sick to the core!! Our society is really messed up.

      leandra.brikwa - 2013-01-16 14:58

      The reason why this single mothers buy this kids expensive cloth is that they are afraid of them, or the kids threatens to kill them selfs.

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-16 16:27

      @lulama.njapa - I agree - I dont expect parents to be with their kids 24/7 but really - what values are these kids being taught? You dont like what someone says so you take a knife and stab him? In this case it all boils down to materialism - what you want rather than what you need. As for single parents - there are lots of single moms doing a great job - I am a product of a single parent home - I think I and my 5 brothers turned out pretty darned good. It takes a community to instil values into these kids, churches, schools, community forums - these are future adults for goodness sake!

  • garth.cruickshank.3 - 2013-01-16 13:52

    A black teen charged for murder?

      Mhlonso - 2013-01-16 14:13

      are for real? are you a TROL?

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-16 14:29

      sorry Garth, black on black is not racist! lol

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2013-01-16 14:18

    pls bring back apartheid!!

  • simondgie - 2013-01-16 14:25

    Charged WITH murder, not for.

  • Mandy Casey - 2013-01-16 16:46

    Did they use a designer knife?

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2013-01-16 16:53

    When are fools going to learn that using a weapon you are likely to kill someone ?

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