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Hacking death: Mother recounts brutal attack

Bridgette Langley says a group of men tried to attack her while she lay on her son’s lifeless body.

Bridgitte Langley sits by the spot where her 17-year-old son was hacked to death in Uitsig on 9 November 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The mother of a 17-year-old Uitsig boy who was hacked to death by a group of men recalls the moments before he was killed.

Bridgette Langley told 567 Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies that she did not know what lay ahead for her son on that fateful Sunday he was brutally murdered.

She says one of her son's friends showed up on her doorstep covered in blood and badly beaten. Her son,

Justin Langley, was sitting outside at the time she decided to visit the friend's parents as she thought it the right thing to do at the time.

"When we came there, we just asked why they hit the boy so badly and the people were very rude. I said we should just go and leave the matter. As we turned around, I saw a lot of boys coming outside of the house, every one of them had a weapon in their hands."

In a state of confusion and with the group descending on them, she soon realised she had lost sight of her son and began to panic.

She says the last time she laid eyes on Justin was when he was speaking to another man asking him why he had attacked his friend.

"All the other people were running and chasing the others. When I turned around I didn't see my son. I saw the men hitting and stabbing someone. I didn't even think it was my son."

She stood across the street, watching the events unfold. When she drew closer, she noticed her brother, Barren Langley, lying on the ground. Underneath her brother, she spotted Justin's tracksuit pants.

"I said, oh my god, this is my son."

When she approached the group, her son was already dead.

"I was lying on his body and they were coming to hit me. I lost my son."

Bridgette says her son was looking forward to his matric year and he had many plans in motion.

"He was everything to me. He was the cutest, cutest boy. He was a respectful boy. How can they do that to him? He wasn't even a gangster," she said.

Police arrested six suspects who were denied bail at the Goodwood Magistrates Court on Tuesday.