‘Killed for not joining gang’

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November 10, 2016
‘Killed for not joining gang’

COLLAPSED: Justin Abrahams was stabbed near Mountview High School

Learner, 15, stabbed outside high school.

A Cape Flats teen has been killed for refusing to join a gang.

The 15-year-old boy died after being stabbed by a group of teen skollies outside his school.

Justin Abrahams was in Grade 8 at Mountview High school in Hanover Park.

Police spokesperson, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana, confirms cops have arrested a 15-year-old boy and 19-year-old man who are expected to appear at the Athlone Magistrates’ Court today on a charge of murder.

On Tuesday just after 1pm, as Justin left school, he was confronted by three young men believed to be members of the Naughty Boys gang.

Relatives say two gangs, the KSB (Kak Stoute Bastards) and the Naughty Boys, had been hounding and bullying Justin for weeks to join them.

His mom Corinne Abrahams, 53, says: “My son used to prepare himself after school, and run with a belt wrapped around his hand for protection (against the gangsters).”

Witnesses say one of the attackers beat Justin with a plank against his shoulder while another stabbed him in the neck.

The teen managed to run away with his friend, 17, but collapsed on a field near his home in Groenpoot Street.

Justin’s uncle rushed him to the Hanover Park Day hospital, and Corinne says doctors wanted to transport him to Groote Schuur Hospital immediately but the family was told the ambulance would not enter the area without a police escort.

“The paramedics were waiting for an escort for four hours, from 1pm to after 4pm, I think the ambulance only arrived at 5.30pm,” explains Corinne.

“He had lost two and a half litres of blood by then and when the ambulance arrived he was too weak to be transported and passed away at the day hospital.

“The ambulance was escorted by Metro police.”

Last week, the province’s Emergency Medical Services stated their staff would not be going into Hanover Park without a police escort after paramedics, carrying out a certification of death, got caught in gang crossfire in Galway Court.

Spokesman Robert Daniels said he would only be able to comment on the matter today.

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