Boy stabbed in school toi­let to be laid to rest in Zim

Neigh­bours and friends shocked Depart­ment helps fam­ily with funeral

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The 17-year-old pupil who al­legedly stabbed and killed a seven-year-old boy is a quiet teen who has never been in­volved in fights be­fore and liked playing pool at a lo­cal tav­ern.

Neigh­bours told Sun­day World dur­ing a visit to the tiny vil­lage of Moretele in North West that the sus­pect, who ap­peared in court on Fri­day for the mur­der of grade 1 pupil Charl­ton Karuweruwe, was gen­er­ally a well-be­haved boy and that they were shocked by the in­ci­dent.

They de­scribed the grade 11 pupil as an only child who was al­ways help­ing his sin­gle un­em­ployed mother at home. The neigh­bours said the mother was mak­ing a liv­ing from sell­ing kota in a makeshift kiosk out­side the fam­ily’s mod­est home.

Sun­day World could not in­ter­view his mother as she was not home most of Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the owner of the lo­cal tav­ern, who de­clined to be named, the boy and his friend fre­quented his joint mainly on Fri­days and Satur­days.

“I def­i­nitely know him as one of the boys who come here to play snooker. I just don’t know his and his friend’s names. When they de­scribed him and his head wrap, I knew who they were talk­ing about. He liked wear­ing a head wrap.

“They would buy a beer or two some­times and drink while playing. They are not heavy drinkers, so they could just be ex­per­i­ment­ing as young men. I never thought of him as a vi­o­lent boy,” he said.

The friend, who also did not want to be named, said he was shocked by the in­ci­dent.

“My friend was a friendly and good per­son. We grew up to­gether. I was shocked to learn that he had done some­thing that ter­ri­ble. Al­though we were close, he was rather a closed book. He kept to him­self so I can’t re­ally say whether or not he was in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with the sis­ter of the boy they say he killed,” he said.

One of the sus­pect’s school­mates de­scribed him as a quiet in­di­vid­ual who was ac­tive in the school’s sport ac­tiv­i­ties.

They at­tend Mmankala Tech­ni­cal High School in Maka­panstad, which is a 30minute drive from their vil­lage.

“He was a re­served per­son who played shot put at school,” the school­mate said.

A neigh­bour de­scribed the sus­pect as a re­spect­ful and quiet boy but said he seemed to be dis­tant at times.

“The boy al­ways car­ried a weapon with him,” said the neigh­bour, who could not de­scribe the weapon.

The sus­pect will ap­pear at the Temba mag­is­trate’s court in Ham­man­skraal again on Tues­day for a bail hear­ing. The grade 1 pupil who was stabbed and killed in a school’s toi­lets on Mon­day will be buried in his mother’s na­tive land of Zim­babwe on Satur­day.

How­ever, a memorial ser­vice will be held on Thurs­day in mem­ory of Charl­ton Karuweruwe at Dikeledi Maka­pan Pri­mary School where he was killed.

This, ac­cord­ing to his fam­ily, was to af­ford his school mates, friends and res­i­dents of Maka­panstad in the North West to pay their last re­spects to him.

Charl­ton’s death sent shock waves across the coun­try af­ter an older boy from Mmankala Tech­ni­cal High School al­legedly slept in the pri­mary school’s toi­lets be­fore stab­bing and killing him in the morn­ing.

The sus­pect, who is 17, was ar­rested and will ap­pear in court again on Tues­day.

North West ed­u­ca­tion MEC Sello Lehari’s spokesper­son Freddy Sepeng said the depart­ment was sad­dened by what had hap­pened and the pupils as well as teach­ers at the school were re­ceiv­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling.

Sepeng said a task team had been formed to help the fam­ily with funeral ar­range­ments.

“The school is re­ceiv­ing psy- cho­log­i­cal coun­selling and a task team have been formed to as­sist the be­reaved fam­ily.”

The boy’s death hap­pened barely three months af­ter the na­tion woke up to news of the bru­tal killing of a 24-year-old teacher in Zeerust, also in North West, al­legedly by one of his 17-year-old pupils.

Res­i­dents who spoke to Sun­day World on Fri­day said af­ter the in­ci­dent on Mon­day, they as­saulted the sus­pect and he was ad­mit­ted at a nearby clinic.

When the news­pa­per vis­ited the Karuweruwe fam­ily, some

The depart­ment was sad­dened by what had hap­pened and the learn­ers as well as teach­ers at the school were re­ceiv­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling Freddy Sepeng


neigh­bours were there to com­fort the fam­ily.

The boy’s aunt Noth­isah Nhongo de­scribed him as a good boy who did not talk much ex­cept when with his peers.

“His mother is my sis­ter and she is not in a good state. It is go­ing to take a while be­fore she can re­cover as she has lost her last-born child and we don’t know why this hap­pened to him. We want to know why he [the sus­pect] did such a ter­ri­ble thing to Charl­ton,” she said.

The aunt also cleared the air around re­ports that the sus­pect had a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with the de­ceased’s sis­ter.

“Peo­ple are ly­ing and mak­ing as­sump­tions about the whole thing. We did not know the sus­pect nor have seen him be­fore,” she said.

/ Ka­belo Mokoena

A pupil at Mmankala Tech­ni­cal High School will ap­pear in court for stab­bing a grade 1 pri­mary school pupil in the North West.

Charl­ton Karuweruwe was stabbed.

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