South Africans have united in mourning the death of a six-year-old boy who was killed while trying to defend his mother from an attacker who tried to rape her.
The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported on Tuesday that Kutlwano Garesape and his mother were walking to school at Jan Kempdorp in the northern Cape when they were attacked on Friday.
The child was stabbed repeatedly with a broken bottle.
The alleged assailant‚ Tefelo Dikole‚ 32‚ has already appeared in the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate’s Court.
Segomotso Garesape‚ 42‚ was attacked while walking her two sons‚ aged six and eight‚ to school after they missed their bus. Kutlwano slapped and kicked the man as he attempted to strangle his mother‚ screaming: “Let go of my mommy”.
“I heard my child crying out for me and I saw him trying to defend himself with his hands. The man just kept on stabbing him‚” she told the newspaper.
People from across the country have conveyed their condolences to the family and offered to help them.
The attack was met with outrage and heartache on social media.
Daphne Mufamadi tweeted‚ “Im shatterd by the Killing of 6 year old Kutlwano Garesape‚ stabbed to death trying to protect his mother.”
Im shatterd by the Killing of 6 year old Kutlwano Garesape, stabbed to death trying to protect his mother from… https://t.co/7uHEJWZWQe
— Daphne Mufamadi (@dmdaphnie1) August 16, 2016
Daniel Pabu said: “Kutlwano Garesape. . .What this boy did to save his mother. . . . And to the savage that murdered him. Disgusted with the world.”
Kutlwano Garesape. . .What this boy did to save his mother. 💙💙💙. . . And to the savage that murdered him. Disgusted with the world.
— Daniel Pabu (@DKPabu) August 15, 2016