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The 15-year-old WP Lekhela High School pupil was attacked and stabbed after fetching his report.

A 15-YEAR-old Grade 8 pupil was attacked and stabbed in Kimberley after collecting his school report.

Ofentse Innocent Mosemene was admitted to the Robert Sobukwe Hospital after he was stabbed and robbed of his cell phone just a few metres from his home in Ipeleng on Wednesday morning.

He had just collected his school report at the EP Lekhela High School in Ipopeng when he was followed by the suspect to the park close to his home.

Family members yesterday told the DFA that they feared the worst when they heard that Mosemene was bleeding after he had been stabbed in the right side of his chest with a knife.

According to Mosemene’s uncle, Paul Matsie, he was at work when his wife called to inform him that his nephew had been stabbed.

“I told her to keep me updated so that I could meet them at the hospital, but she took too long. So I decided to rush to the scene, only to see my nephew lying on the ground, weak from the loss of blood,” said Matsie.

According to information Mosemene gave his uncle, the suspect followed him for a while and confronted him before he could turn into his street.

“He demanded the cell phone at knifepoint and Mosemene refused. A scuffle broke out and the suspect managed to trip my nephew and he fell,” Matsie said. “Although he gave his phone to the attacker, the man stabbed him while he was on the ground.”

Matsie said that they were assisted by the provincial Emergency Medical Services who stabilised the boy before Care4U rushed him to the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital for treatment.

Mosemene suffered internal bleeding and blood had to be drained from his lungs.

According his uncle, this is the second stabbing incident that the family have had to deal with after his cousin was stabbed and suffered spinal injuries two months ago.

No arrest has been made yet as the police still have to take a statement from Mosemene.

Members of Operation Wanya Tsotsi (OWT) volunteered to assist the family in searching for the suspect after Mosemene provided them with a description.

Matsie raised concerns about the park near to his home which, he said, often attracted criminals. “That park is a haven for criminals who can hide there after robbing and even stabbing residents,” he said.