News in brief - Date: 03 June 2022
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 3128
A cloud of sadness still hangs over Vari-Ha-Mutonga village after the 15-year-old Hlupheka Shishonge was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old boy last Tuesday night (24 May). Hlupheka was a Grade 8 pupil at Elim Secondary School.
According to provincial police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, Hlupheka was on his way home from church at around 20:30 that night when an argument ensued between him and another boy. The boy then produced a knife, stabbed Hlupheka in the chest and ran away.
“We were alerted by members of the community about the incident. When we arrived at the scene, the young boy was lying dead on the ground. We subsequently opened a case of murder and arrested a 16-year-old suspect two days after the incident,” said Mojapelo.
Hlupheka’s uncle, Mr Thomas Baloyi, said that the family was battling to cope with their loss. “This is a big shock to us. Hlupheka was still so young. He was a bright pupil who always worked hard at school. He was very focused on education and never quarrelled with anyone. He easily associated himself with other people.”
The suspect appeared briefly in the Waterval Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 30 May. The case was postponed to 13 June for further police investigations.
Hlupheka will be laid to rest at the Vari-Ha-Mutonga cemetery on Saturday, 4 June.
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Hlupheka Shishonge (15) from Vari-Ha-Mutonga village was stabbed to death last Tuesday night (24 May). Photo: Godfrey Siaga.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.