Man arrested after stabbing 5-year-old boy in chest in Western Cape

A mother and her two children were shopping in Somerset West on Monday morning when a man approached them and stabbed one of the children, Western Cape police confirmed, reported by News24.

The family had been walking in Waterstone Village shopping centre when it happened at around 09:15, said Captain Hein Hendricks.

“Both children (a boy and a baby) were inside a shopping trolley with the five-year-old boy sitting in the front,” he said.

The man walked towards the trolley, took out a knife and stabbed the boy in the chest.

Hendricks said the mother, together with security guards, apprehended the man.

He was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The boy was understood to be in a stable condition.

Centre manager Daphne Kriel said that they were thankful for their Halt security guard who recognised the man from when he was in the vicinity on Friday, and grabbed him in this morning’s incident.

While speculation on social media has been rife about the man’s motive, with some alleging it was an attempted child abduction, Hendricks said the circumstances were still being investigated.

Kriel said: “We are so thankful that both the children are not harmed, but we urge our parents to be also vigilant in today’s day and age”.

The man is expected to appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court once he has been charged.