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Cape Town - A 19 year old who was his disabled mother’s primary caregiver snapped on Monday and allegedly stabbed her to death.
Hlokoma Ngozi, 22, a relative who was staying with mother and son to help them, said she woke shortly before 9am to hear the son and the mother, 43, arguing about her bath. The mother had had a stroke and was unable to do much for herself.
“My aunt had asked my cousin to plug in the kettle for him to bath her. A few minutes later, I heard her yelling that if he didn’t want to bath her he should tell her so she could ask me to bath her instead.
“Then she screamed that I should come and see what her son was doing to her. That’s when I saw her being stabbed in the head and on the chest.”
Ngozi grabbed the teen from behind and wrestled the knife away from him. Then she threw it to the far side of the room. “He let go of me and searched for his knife. I pushed the front door open and ran outside to call for help, and he escaped.”
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut confirmed that the woman – who cannot be named because her son has not yet appeared in court – was killed at about 9am on Monday in Khayelitsha’s QQ Section.
The teen was found seated on a fence outside Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, near his home, and arrested for murder.
Neighbours and relatives said the teen and his mother generally had a good relationship. “They had their minor disagreements like any parent and child would, but it never got out of hand,” Bukelwa Ngwama said.
The teen had always taken good care of his mother, taking her to the clinic, bathing her every day, and looking after her. “This is out of character.”
Ngozi, who came to stay with the family from Mthatha in February, said although the teen was an epileptic he had no mental disabilities and was not a drug user.