Eleven-year-old allegedly stabs 12-year-old to death

Police will allege the two were involved in an altercation and one boy then stabbed the other. Alleged perpetrator due in court on Tuesday.


An 11-year-old boy from the Southern Cape town of George is expected to appear in the local magistrate’s court on Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a 12-year-old boy.

Reports from SABC News and News 24 indicate that the two became involved in an argument in the Borcherds area of the town and younger of the two boys then allegedly stabbed the other. The victim died on Wednesday 24 June at around 18:20.

Two were involved in an argument before the stabbing

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and a boy had an altercation. The victim sustained a stab wound to the neck and was later declared dead by paramedics at [the] scene,” police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies told the news outlets.

He added that investigations were at an early stage and would be continuing.

The alleged perpetrator was taken into custody on the same evening after one of his parents took him to the police station. He was released into the care of his parents pending the court appearance

A post-mortem examination will be conducted later to determine the exact cause of death.

Child-on-child violence is a significant problem

According to SABC News, child-on-child violence remains a significant problem in South Africa. Crime figures for 2019 indicate that the number of child killers increased from 47 in 2015 to 736 in 2019.

A 2015 academic study of serious, violent young offenders in South Africa aged 12 to 25 found that those who were likely to be persistent offenders throughout their life had several key characteristics.

These are: male gender, violence at home, other victimisation, familial crime, school performance, violence at school, alcohol abuse and gang membership.

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry says “there is a great concern about the incidence of violent behaviour among children and adolescents”. It adds that children as young as pre-schoolers can show violent behaviour.

According to the academy, factors which increase the risk of violent behaviour include being the victim of physical abuse and/or sexual abuse, exposure to violence in the home or community, being the victim of bullying, heredity factors, substance abuse, poverty and exposure to violence on TV and in the movies.