Two men and one teenager, aged 20 and 14 respectively, appeared at the Bityi Magistrate Court in Eastern Cape on charges of murder on Monday morning.
This is after they allegedly stabbed a school mate at their matric dance on Thursday, 10 October.
According to Eastern Cape provincial SAPS spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, the pupils were at their school dance in Mpa locality in Bityi when a fight allegedly broke out, which lead to the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old learner.
“The students were at their matric farewell when an altercation broke out between the four boys at around 23:54, which then resulted in a stabbing where one of them lost his life” Captain Tonjeni said.
NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali confirmed to Drum that the 20-year-old men remained in police custody while awaiting their bail hearing and the 14-year-old was released to the care of his family.
“Due to his age, he was released to the care of his guardian in accordance with the Child Justice Act. The two others who are both 20-years of age were remanded in police custody,” said Tyali.
Details around what happened on the night are still under investigation.
The two boys who were remanded in police custody will appear in court on 21 October for their formal bail application.