Street child, 13, arrested for murder

2013-01-24 09:03

Johannesburg - A 13-year-old street child appeared briefly in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old boy on New Year's Eve, it was reported on Thursday.

Archibald Lethabele was stabbed in the chest at about 23:00 in Bophelong and died, Beeld reported.

"The children bumped into each other in the street, but it's not clear what exactly happened or what the reasons were.... Archibald was stabbed with a knife," said Warrant Officer Kinnie Steyn.

"What complicated the investigation is that the suspect was a street child, but they managed to track him down and he was arrested on Monday."

The alleged murderer was being kept in a place of safety, he said.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2013-01-24 09:12

    "The alleged murderer was being kept in a place of safety?" Realy now!

      mine.whitey - 2013-01-24 09:28

      safe place for murder, nice one! if murders kept in safe places they wont stop

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-24 10:08

      Imagine what he could have done years down the line!!! I just dont know anymore!!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-24 10:26

      These Street Kids are Street Wise irrespective of age !

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2013-01-24 09:21

    Mzansi fo sho!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-01-24 09:21

    It's sad that our children adapt to that kind of life, especially at such a young age, being a street child I guess they're acting out "survival of the fittest". Surely this must be a wake up call for people having hordes of children. I fail to see the wealth in this.Very sad indeed

      sarah.bouttell - 2013-01-24 09:43

      Agreed. If we condone that children are being allowed to live in "Lord of the flies" type environments, then we can only expect "Lord of the flies" type results. The awful truth of the matter is, that most places of safety for the children, are not as safe as they need. I can certainly see how a 13 year old, who has only known poverty and hunger, could commit this kind of crime - esp. as he has never had a parent to let him know that you just can't kill when you get the urge

      ohbizz.chabata - 2013-01-24 09:58

      I agree with you Sarah and in addition, besides not having a parent to teach the child that you cant just kill, you will also realise how such a child will not value life much. If at 13 you are stuck with living on city streets and having to fend for yourself, then killing another doesnt register the same way as it does for a regular teen. You have nothing to lose whether you are in jail or in the streets. Really SAD

  • gillian.louw2 - 2013-01-24 09:40

    I feel so sorry for these street children, in most cases they have run away from their abusive drunk parents, its these kids that fall through the cracks in society.

  • malcolm.ramaphele - 2013-01-24 09:47

    yoh yoh yoh

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-24 09:48

    Yes and while all these horrible things are happening our president is enjoying the snow in Switzerland. One blessing with snow it sometimes hide really slippery places causing spectacular falls and bruises. Wouldn't it be nice?. No that may be treason. - 2013-01-24 10:04

      Grow up. The country President, no matter how much you hate him, has to represent the country at international fora.

  • ken.koen - 2013-01-24 10:04

    This is what happens with the degeneration of society. The mere existance of street children is evidence of a governments contempt for its citizens, and is in itself a crime against humanity.

  • Motho - 2013-01-24 10:04

    If a 13 year old is capable of murder...why did we decriminalize sex between teenagers. How many times have we read news on teens involved in rape.

  • Tishan - 2013-01-24 11:10

    have you heard of innocent until proven guilty. he is 13 years old.. do they know they got the right person.. dont jump to conclusions until you know the facts., maybe he did it maybe not and why. could have been self defense. who knows.

  • IvanFaught - 2013-01-24 11:38

    A child under 7 is not accountable for any of his deeds. A child under 14 is accountable but the parents are responsible for any wrong doings. The child under 14 must also be tried as a juvenile. The worst that can happen to the child is to be sent to a juvenile corectional facility untill he is 18. The parents MAY get a fine that goes towards the State. But not likely. Actually up to the age of 14 it is the safest age to commit murder. Unfortunately somebody died. Just goes to show how dysfunctional social life have become all over the world. It's our way of life and disregard for others that is to blame. Parents have a responsibility especially towards under aged children. What is a child of 13 doing on the streets anyway?

  • freeda.juric.7 - 2013-01-24 12:28

    He was a street child. It would seem he would have more of a future in prison. Meals every day and will be able to study. #just saying

  • john.plaatjies.16 - 2013-01-24 18:31

    We should not be surprised at all. When kids see what their elders do they learn from them. I did see in sasolburg young kids as young as 6 to 7 years old on strike and trowing stones and destroying property . What do they know about municipal boundaries. And their elders let them do what that want. Minors get away with murder, theft, mugging because they know they under aged and will not go to jail.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-24 20:31

    Where is this child's mother of father? If there was family values and the parents was there for there child then today he would not be a murderer and a live was spared. I feel sorry for this child, he did kill a person, he is going to be branded a murderer and his and the family of the Person he killed life's are changed for ever. This is sad, just a child living on the street, circumstances got him here but he was supposed to be with his parents or family, if he had no one, government should have put him in a safe place. Sorry for every ones losses

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-24 23:06

    just imagine a killer in the place of safety nxaaa

  • cece235 - 2013-01-27 23:01

    you have got to be kidding me, yoh!

  • cece235 - 2013-01-27 23:01

    you have got to be kidding me, yoh!

  • Weldon Broughton - 2013-12-29 02:42

    1 child per family maybe

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