A pupil at a top Cape Town high school in South Africa is recovering in hospital after an attacker slit his throat while trying to rob him.
The Grade 10 Parel Vallei pupil needed 18 stitches and six internal stitches.
Education MEC Donald Grant’s spokeswoman, Bronagh Casey, confirmed on Tuesday that “a Grade 10 learner was attacked on Monday afternoon after he was accosted by a man with a knife”.
“He sustained injuries to his neck area and has received stitches. His parents have laid a charge with the police.”
On Monday evening, Facebook images were posted showing the teen’s wound, followed by nearly a hundred comments expressing outrage.
The post was later withdrawn – it is understood this was because the boy is a minor, and his identity needed to be protected.
Neighbourhood watch spokeswoman in Somerset West reported: “I was informed… that a 15-year-old schoolboy from Parel Vallei High School was attacked this afternoon near the school in Adam Tas Road around 2.45pm.”
The street is about 500m from the school gates.
“According to another neighbourhood watcher in our area, Parel Vallei school sent out a communication on Friday, February 7, to warn parents and children that two muggings had taken place near the school that morning – I am not sure if they managed to get away with cellphones and earpieces that young people use to listen to music.
“Please alert your children and ask them to walk together and to report anything suspicious,” she warned.
Casey said the school had reported an increase in crime against pupils walking home from school over the past two weeks.
“Pupils had been approached by strangers demanding their cellphones or possessions.
“The school has reported these incidents to the police and has asked for increased visibility around the school community after school hours. The school has not had any threats within the school itself,” Casey said.
Police have confirmed the incident and are investigating.