Porridge bowl killing linked to 'poverty, hunger'

A Klerksdorp teen was stabbed in the neck following an apparent argument over a bowl of porridge.

FILE: Police have appealed to anyone with information to come forward. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Poverty and hunger may have been the driving force behind the murder of a 15-year-old homeless teenager in Klerksdorp, Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) said on Thursday.

The teenager was stabbed in the neck by another boy on Tuesday night after an apparent argument over a bowl of porridge.

North West police are searching for the suspect.

WMACA's Tania Otto says poverty feeds violence and government must assist homeless children.

"We have to look at this as a very large social problem. A lot of children are living on the streets and we have to look at our government and ask them why this is happening."

Clinical psychologist and independent researcher Arvin Bhana says homeless children resort to violence because of a lack of self-regulation.

"If you see something that you want, if you don't take it, you will lose out. That's the code of behaviour that governs how they survive on the streets."

Police have appealed to anyone with information to come forward.