Manenberg girl stabbed her uncle to death, willing to end series of abuse

An 18-year-old schoolgirl from Manenberg killed her violent uncle, with whom she has lived since childhood. By stabbing the man in his chest, the brave girl wanted to interrupt the prolonged series of abuse.

“He abused me for 18 years. He hit me, tore up my clothes and sold my stuff, like toiletries, for drugs. He smoked mandrax and tik,” the teen said. “He used to go on with me every day and the neighbours would come and fetch me and let me sleep by them, but my ouma (grandmother) didn’t like that.”

The murder occurred in the second week of February. According to the reports, the conflict escalated after the uncle allegedly hit the young one across the face.

“An argument started and he hit me with a crutch in the face. I picked up a knife and stabbed him once in the chest and he tried to hit me again, but couldn’t. I got a skrik (fright) when I saw the blood and I ran away. I went to sit on a school veldjie (field) for two hours in the dark and then went back home and the neighbours told me he died” the victim confirmed.

On February 10, she handed herself over to police and has already made a brief appearance at Athlone Magistrate’s Court. The judge took all the circumstances into account and granted R500 bail to the girl.

She also received support not only from her classmates but also from the police as the Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph offered to help the teen with the matric ball as well as further education.

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