A matric student from Emmanuel Secondary School was stabbed to death during a botched robbery. Boniface Ndlovu had allegedly been murdered after he was robbed of his matric farewell shoes.
Boniface Ndlovu had been gifted a pair of smart Carvela shoes to wear to his matric farewell by his father, who had saved for months.
The Grade 12 student had been walking home with friends in the early hours of Sunday morning when the group was approached by the assailants, who had been armed with knives.
The Kimberly learner was stabbed to death and robbed of the shoes he had proudly worn on Friday evening.
According to IOL, Boniface's family is traumatised by the incident. Joseph Ndlovu, the boy's father, is now hoping the shoes could lead them to those responsible.
André van Rooyen, the victim's uncle, commented on the tragedy, saying that:
“The stab wounds were fatal. There was no chance that he would have survived. Boniface was one of the top 10 academic pupils at his school. His dream was to join the South African National Defence Force and study engineering. He had submitted an online application to the University of Stellenbosch on Friday.”
Psychologists, social workers and a pastor from a community church have been providing support and counselling to the teachers and pupils at the school. Gladys Poonawassy, deputy principal, commented that:
" We are all shaken over what happened. The Grade 12s were supposed to write Geography on Monday but we have postponed the exams until Thursday.”
Police are encouraging those with any information to contact Detective Sergeant Steven Wax on 082 469 1728. All information will be treated as confidential.
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