Soweto teen’s mom won’t forgive his killer

It’s believed Siphiwe Mahori was part of a group of boys who tried to rob a store in Soweto last week.

FILE: A group of looters are breaking into a foreign-owned store in White City, Soweto on 22 January 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a 14-year-old boy who was murdered in Doornkop, allegedly by a foreign shop owner, says she's not willing to forgive his killer.

It's believed Siphiwe Mahori was part of a group of boys who tried to rob a store in Soweto last week.

The teenager's death sparked violence in Soweto and other areas outside the township with dozens of foreign-owned shops coming under attack.

Mahori's alleged killer is expected to make his second court appearance today.

His family says they are still devastated following the teenager's death.

His mother Nombuyiselo Nhlane says she's not coping.

"At the moment we are still devastated; our hearts are still in pain."

The teenager's father, Daniel Mahori, says he had high hopes for his son.

"I was expecting my child to be educated and to become a better person than I am."

On Tuesday, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said helping the teenager's family did not mean government was compensating the family for the boy's death.

Nkosi-Malobane visited the Mahori home where she also met and spoke to community members.

The MEC says the City of Johannesburg will be assisting the teenager's family with funeral arrangements.

"It's definitely not compensation and it was us assisting as part of Ubuntu."

The boy's funeral will be held in Doornkop on Saturday.