MEC: Wire murder shocking

A three-year-old boy was allegedly killed with a wire by an eight-year-old boy he was playing with.

Eywitness News

CAPE TOWN - The Provincial Social Development Department says it has offered trauma counseling to the family of a 3-year-old Mfuleni boy who was allegedly killed by his 8-year-old friend.

Liyabona Mgexbo was stabbed with a piece of wire.

The incident occurred while the boys were playing on Monday. Police are investigating a murder case.

MEC Albert Fritz has described the incident as shocking.

"Our social workers have already been deployed to assist the family. There are a number of these unfortunate incidents occurring in our society. Parents also need to play their role as proper role models."

Meanwhile, a crime prevention NGO says incidents like these once again highlight the levels of violence in communities.

National Institution for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders Jaques Simbomana says, "It's quite a serious and shocking thing to see children as young as eight or nine committing serious crimes. But it is also driven by the things they have seen in their society."