- A matric learner, Janet Ntozini, lost her life protecting an older disabled teenager
- Ntozini stood up to a man who assaulted a differently-abled child
- The Muizenberg High School Grade 12 learner was stabbed to death
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Janet Ntozini, 18, lost her life over the weekend after she stood up against a 23-year-old man who bullied a disabled teen.
According to witnesses, Ntozini was stabbed three times in the back after she told the man to stop assaulting the 19-year-old, differently-abled man.
IOL reported the disabled man and the alleged murderer had a disagreement. The witness, whose identity is protected, said Ntozini saw the knife-wielding man confronting the helpless teen.
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Briefly.co.za gathered she approached the armed man to try and convince him to put away the knife. However, the man turned his attention to her and first stabbed her in the side.
The witness revealed Ntozini fell to the ground and the man stabbed her in the back. She was rushed to the hospital by her uncle, Sithabantu Sigonyela. However, the injuries Ntozini sustained were fatal and she died soon afterwards.
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“We are grieving. It was so brutal and sudden. She was just a schoolgirl standing up for another person,” Sigonyela said.
Ntozini's high school and the country mourned her death. Muizenberg High School and Ntozini's fellow pupils honoured her at school with signs and a flowers at the entrance.
The school’s governing body chairperson, Simone Beukes, said: "We received the news of her death with great sadness, Janet had shown so much potential to succeed in whatever she chose to do in life. Her murder again shows the dangerous reality our children have to face every day."
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