A SIX-year-old boy was stabbed to death as he tried to protect his mother from a man who allegedly tried to rape her, it has been reported.
A boy was stabbed as he tried to save his mother ‘from being raped’ near Jan Kempdorp, South Africa
The brave youngster was stabbed with a broken bottle as he tried to stop the man allegedly attacking his mother Segomotso, she told police.
The incident was said to have happened as Segomotso was walking the boy and his older brother to school near the town of Jan Kempdorp in north-western South Africa’s Northern Cape Province.
Segomotso said they were close to the school when she suddenly noticed a man following them.
She said: “The next moment I felt someone grab me by the shoulder, pulling on a school bag.
“[My son] slapped the man across the face and told him to let go of me.
The six-year-old was stabbed with a broken bottle
“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 allegedly slapped the six-year-old and he fell to the ground when Segomotso 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 [he] 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.
“I ran back and could still hear [my son] 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, Segomotso described how her son was taken to a train station where the man put him on to the track before running off.
She added: “I picked [my son] 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.
The attacker left the badly injured boy on the railway line
“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.”
A man was later 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.