his mother who was being attacked by a man who wanted to rape her.
Kutlwano Garesape was brutally stabbed to death with a broken bottle.
His mother, Segomotso Garesape, 42, said she never imagined that walking
her two sons, Kutlwano and his 8-year-old brother, Thabiso, to school
would end in tragedy.
Garesape said that on Friday morning they missed the bus which she and
her children usually took to the Taudiarora Primary School just outside
Jan Kempdorp, where she is employed as a cook.
“We woke up at around 6am and got ready for school, which starts at 8am.
We left the house and rushed to the bus stop. When we arrived at the
stop, we saw the bus driving
off. I decided to walk to school, which is about 7km from town, with the children.”
They took the main road out of town and when they got to a gravel
turn-off, Garesape was relieved because she knew that they were now
close to the school.
“I was holding Kutlwano by his left hand and Thabiso was walking behind
us. I was carrying their school bags as it was quite a walk.”
A man suddenly appeared “out of nowhere”.
“I heard footsteps behind me and got a fright.” She said she saw a man
walking behind them, but recognised him and did not think anything of
it. Thabiso was now walking behind the man and he asked me for R2 and I
told him I had no money.”
Garesape said the man then stopped.
“He stood still and put his hands at his sides. He looked to the sky and
started shaking his head. I found it odd and told the children to
“The next moment I felt someone grab me by the shoulder, pulling on a
school bag. Thabiso screaming watch out, he is going to stab you with a
Garesape dropped the school bag and grabbed the wrist of her attacker, preventing him from stabbing her.
“We wrestled, he tripped me and I fell to the ground. The man then
pressed his knee on my chest and pinned me to the ground. He was
strangling me with my jersey.
“Kutlwano slapped the man across the face and told him to let go of me.
He kept on screaming let go of my mommy, it is my mommy’, while slapping
and kicking the man.
“Thabiso was scared but Kutlwano kept on defending me. I could feel that
the man was pulling up my skirt with his other hand and realised that
he wanted to rape me in front of my children.
The attacker slapped Kutlwano and he fell to the ground while Garesape
then managed to push her attacker away. “He stumbled backwards, but came
back for me and I then kicked at him.”
The attacker then turned his anger towards her son.
“I saw that he now wanted to attack my son. I frantically looked for a
weapon to use against him but could not find any. The man grabbed
Kutlwano and threw him into the air. He told Kutlwano that he was
talking too much and again threw him into the air.
“I told Thabiso to run and call for help. When Kutlwano fell to the
ground, I could see that the man was strangling him. Then his arm went
up and down and I realised that he was stabbing my son with the bottle.
“I heard my child crying out for me and I saw him trying to defend himself with his hands. The man just kept on stabbing him.
“I felt helpless and ran to the main road in an attempt to find help…
all the cars just drove past as I cried and screamed that a man is
killing my child.
“I ran back and could still hear Kutlwano calling me… when I got
closer I saw that he was now stabbing my son with a stick. I was
screaming and felt so helpless.”
A group of men finally arrived to help Garesape but as they approached
the attacker, he took her son towards the railway line and threw him on
to the track before running off.
“I picked Kutlwano up and held him to my chest. He was full of blood and
his hands were cut as he tried to defend himself. He told me to hold
him and I sat down on the railway line and held him to my chest.
“He asked me to kiss him and I did. He then stretched out his hand to his brother.”
They tied a jersey around him to close up the wounds.
“When I held him to my chest again, his arms fell to the side and I knew
he was dead. I said a prayer and told God that my son died protecting
The man allegedly responsible for the attack was arrested after police and members of the community searched for him.
Garesape’s husband, Frank Jacobs, was angry.
“That man must bury my child… I did not bring children into this world
to bury. Children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way
around,” he said.
Police spokesman Captain Olebogeng Tawana confirmed the attack and said the man would appear in court on Monday.