- A mother was photographed crying over the lifeless body of her son on Wednesday morning
- The Grade 11 learner was on his way to school when he was attacked by thugs
- The pupil was stabbed several times and medics could not save his life
A devastated mother was left weeping for her 19-year-old son, who was stabbed on his way to Mondeor High School in Johannesburg.
Medics and bystanders had to witness the 36-year-old mother screaming her son's name as she walked away from the mortuary van.
"My one and only child. Why did they have to take him away from me?" Dumi Chauke cried.
Chauke and her friend witnessed paramedics removing the body of her son, Kulani, from the spot where he was killed.
The Sowetan reported that Kulani's uncle, Themba Chauke, said he was shocked when he received a phone call about the attack on his nephew.
"I just received a call this morning from my younger brother. He was just crying uncontrollably saying‚ 'Brother‚ they've stabbed Kulani. Come quickly.' "
Themba broke down as he explained the moment he saw his nephew's lifeless body on the ground. He added that he "expected a lot" from the young man whose life had been tragically cut short.
Kulani's school principal, Vangelia Nicolaou, was one of the last people to see him alive. She said she rushed to the scene after hearing about the stabbing and when she arrived he was still breathing.
However, Nicolaou added that his pulse was weak and she could see he was drifting away.
Briefly.co.za learned Kulani was said to be the grandchild of XiTsonga musician, Thomas Chauke. It is still unknown what the motive behind the attack was. He was reportedly stabbed three times in the chest.
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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi posted about the stabbing on his Twitter page and it broke the hearts of South Africans.
Social media user @MhlabaKaSiba commented: "Our prayers are with the family and friend as well as the learners and teachers. This is traumatic. I wish for a better society, where our kids will be safe wherever they are!!! We live with monsters that don’t have any feelings these days."
Nelisiwe, who goes by the Twitter handle @nelisiwe789, added: "Yoh my heart, I can't. this is too sad. Condolences to the family."
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