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Case against Sebokeng pupil accused of murder provisionally withdrawn

He was accused of stabbing his classmate with a pair of scissors on Monday at the Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School.

The Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School in Sebokeng, near Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng. Picture: @Lesufi/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The State has provisionally withdrawn the case against a 15-year-old boy accused of killing his classmate in Sebokeng.

The teenager made a brief appearance in the Sebokeng Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He was accused of stabbing his classmate with a pair of scissors on Monday at the Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School.

The boy's case was heard in camera because he's a minor.

The police's Fikile Funda said: “The prosecutor provisionally withdrew the case pending the finalisation of the investigation. We are going to obtain all outstanding investigations and statements and when the docket is ready, it will be placed in court again. The suspect will then appear before the same court to answer charges of murder.”

'ACCIDENT'

On Tuesday, the boy's father told Eyewitness News that he believed the stabbing was an accident but that his family accepted responsibility.

He said he rushed to his son’s school after receiving an emergency call about a fight.

When he got there, there were no paramedics in sight and frantic efforts were under way to save the life of the teenager his son was accused of stabbing.

The father said he understood the seriousness of what happened: “This is painful, but the law must take its course because he has done it but it’s very very painful.”

He said even those who witnessed the incident thought the two boys, described as close friends, were playing.

The father said the teenagers grew up together and their families knew each other well.

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