A young man was knifed to death when robbers tried stealing a pit bull puppy he was taking for a walk.
Frederick Booysen Jnr, 20, was stabbed in the abdomen and head.
He managed to fight off his attackers and run home with the dog, where he collapsed.
He was rushed to hospital where he died a few days later from the stab wound to his head.
Doctors told the family the knife penetrated his brain. Frederick passed away on Monday morning in Groote Schuur Hospital.
Last Thursday, Frederick took his uncle’s pit bull terrier puppy for a walk along AZ Berman Road in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain, when three men, allegedly known to the victim, tried to take the dog from him.
His mother, Mariana Booysen, 43, says she was at work when her mom-in-law called her.
“These jongens stabbed him but he fought back. He had a defensive wound on his left arm,” says Mariana.
“He was stabbed twice in his left side and in his head. He was so strong, he took the knife out of his head and managed to walk home with the dog.
“I was still planning his 21st birthday which was supposed to take place in February next year. When I heard he passed on, I said Lord forgive me, but as ek daai jong kry, dan sal ek petrol oor hom gooi en hom uitbrand vir wat hy aan my kind gedoen het,” the mom sobs.
Dad Frederick Booysen Snr, 42 , says his heart is broken.
“We were still by him Sunday; his mother fed him for the last time [in hospital]. Hy was al klaar deurmekaar. The stab wound to his head pierced his brain and that is why he died,” he says.
Grandmother Jennifer Olivier, 60, says her “whole world” has collapsed.
“We were very close. Ek is gebreek. Many people came to give their condolences, we don’t know these people, but it shows how he crept into the hearts of people with his lovable ways and his bright personality,” the ouma says.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said his office had no record of the incident.