Humansdorp - An 11-year-old boy appeared before a Humansdorp magistrate on Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed another boy to death, Eastern Cape police said.

“He appeared in the office of the magistrate,” Warrant Officer Basil Seekoei said.

The boy, from St Francis Bay, allegedly stabbed a six-year-old boy with a knife while they were on their way home from school on Monday. His parents reported him missing when he did not come home.

A local resident found the boy's body in bushes around 3am on Tuesday.

Six boys, between the ages of six and 11, were questioned.

An 11-year-old boy was taken to a place of safety in Jeffreys Bay. A probation officer compiled a report that was presented to the magistrate on Wednesday.

The magistrate recommended the boy be taken to a place of safety in Port Elizabeth, where a psychologist would assess whether he could distinguish right from wrong.

The boy would appear before the Humansdorp magistrate again on March 27. - Sapa