Usasazo pupil brutally stabbed over a girl

Captain Ntandazo Mncanca of the Khayelitsha police station.

Ayabonga Poni was stabbed in the neck while walking in Y section, in Site B, where he lives, in what is believed to be a fight over girls. The Grade 12 pupil still does not know how he got home as he was bleeding profusely.

He was then rushed to Site B community health clinic where he spent the night and was discharged the following day.

He said the pupil who stabbed him was his former friend who wanted his girlfriend.

Ayabonga said when he confronted him about the matter, a scuffle broke out between the pair.

They were supported by their friends in the fight.

This, he said happened in March. Since then, he said things had been frosty between the two groups of boys.

In a bid to calm the tensions between the boys, on Thursday May 4, Khayelitsha police visited the school for a counselling session with them.

Captain Ntandazo Mncanca condemned the fight, saying that is how gangsterism started in Khayelitsha.

He added that many had lost their lives as a result and warned the boys about the dangers of involving themselves in gangs.

Captain Mncanca said they had been informed that tensions were brewing among the boys so they decided to intervene.
He promised to have a meeting with the other boys from Masiyile High School, who are also believed to be involved in similar activities and advised the boys to create a spirit of brotherhood, pleading with them to never fight over girls but rather to look out for one another.

“Once you have committed a crime, you will have a criminal record for the rest of your life.

“There is a juvenile offenders place for young people and we will keep you there until you reach the age for sentencing,” he said.

School principal, Patrick Barnes, said because he feared that the situation would escalate, he called the police.

He said when pupils got involved in fights, it damaged the school’s reputation, adding that he hoped the boys would listen to the police and focus on building their future instead.