South Africa: Cape Flats Traumatised After Incident of Child Violence Sends Shock Waves Through Community

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Many in Hillview have been left deeply disturbed by the incident, with community leaders calling for soul-searching on the levels of violence young children are exposed to daily.

A six-year-old girl from Hillview in Lavender Hill in the Cape Flats region of Cape Town is in a serious condition in hospital after a nine-year-old boy allegedly stabbed her on 21 March.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed that a case of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm had been reported at the Muizenberg police station on Wednesday, 31 March.

Maverick Citizen has learnt that the girl sustained a skull fracture. She is in a serious but stable condition at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Rondebosch, Cape Town, where she is being monitored.

The boy is with his parents pending an assessment by social workers.

Although Hillview is one of the Cape Flats hotspots plagued by high levels of gang violence, the stabbing has sent shock waves through the community due to the extreme youth of both the alleged perpetrator and victim.

Many in the community have been left deeply disturbed by the incident, with community leaders calling for soul-searching on the levels of...

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