South African boy, 6, stabbed to death by man trying to rape his mother on the way to school

A six-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in South Africa as he tried to defend his mother from a violent rapist.

Kutlwano Garesape was reportedly struck with a broken bottle as he attempted to stop the man attacking his 42-year-old mother Segomotso.

The violent murder happened as Mrs Garesape was walking Kultwano and his older brother Thabiso to school near the town of Jan Kempdorp in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Kutlwano Garesape, who was stabbed to death with a broken bottle as he attempted to stop a man raping his 42-year-old mother Segomotso as they walked to school 

The mother said they were close to the school when she suddenly noticed a man following them.

She explained: ‘The next moment I felt someone grab me by the shoulder, pulling on a school bag. Thabiso was screaming: “Watch out, he is going to stab you with a bottle.”

‘Kutlwano slapped the man across the face and told him to let go of me. He kept on screaming “let go of my mommy, it is my mommy”, while slapping and kicking the man.

‘I could feel that the man was pulling up my skirt with his other hand and realised that he wanted to rape me in front of my children.’

The attacker slapped Kutlwano and he fell to the ground when Mrs Garesape then managed to push her attacker away.

She added: ‘I saw that he now wanted to attack my son. I frantically looked for a weapon to use against him but could not find any.

‘When Kutlwano fell to the ground, I could see that the man was strangling him. Then his arm went up and down and I realised that he was stabbing my son with the bottle.

‘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.

‘I felt helpless and ran to the main road in an attempt to find help… all the cars just drove past as I cried and screamed that a man is killing my child.

 The man suspected of being responsible for the attack was arrested after a search by police officers and local residents (file picture) 

‘I ran back and could still hear Kutlwano calling me… when I got closer I saw that he was now stabbing my son with a stick. I was screaming and felt so helpless.’

A group of men finally arrived to help but as they approached the attacker, he took her son towards the railway line and threw him on to the track before running off.

Mrs Garesape added: ‘I picked Kutlwano up and held him to my chest. He told me to hold him and I sat down on the railway line and held him to my chest.

‘He asked me to kiss him and I did. He then stretched out his hand to his brother.

‘When I held him to my chest again, his arms fell to the side and I knew he was dead’

The man suspected of being responsible for the attack was arrested after a search by police officers and local residents.

Police spokesman Captain Olebogeng Tawana confirmed the man would appear in court in the coming days.

Source: The DailyMail

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