Sanda Khubheka, a Grade 11 learner at Kharina Secondary, in Northdale, was allegedly cornered by the two men who intruded into Khubeka’s friend’s house while the friends were drinking. The men allegedly interrogated him about a backpack that contained valuable jewellery and he was then apparently beaten to a pulp.
Khubeka was rushed to the Edendale Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday afternoon.
His aunt, Thabile Ndlovu said they were shocked to hear about the incident as Khubeka was always a well-behaved child.
“He was not a trouble-maker. He was an ordinary boy. His behaviour was nothing out of the ordinary for a growing teenage boy,” said his emotional aunt.
Ndlovu said they were still reeling from seeing Khubeka in that condition.
“His face was swollen; you couldn’t tell it was him. I could not believe someone would beat up a child to that extent, “she said.
She continued that the death of the young scholar had affected the family immensely, especially Khubeka’s elderly grandmother who has been admitted to Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital due to her deteriorating health and added stress from the incident.
Department of Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, said the department was always shocked to receive news of a “brutal killing” of a young learner and encouraged scholars to enjoy their end of the year break safely.
Plessislaer spokesperson, Captain Musa Ntombela, said no arrests have been made but investigations were underway.
“It is unfortunate that individuals still want to take the law into their own hands. As police, we urge community members to report crimes and allow the law to take its course to avoid hindering someone’s rights and violating them,” said Ntombela.