Pupil out on bail after boyfriend’s death

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Self-defense claim in stabbing incident
 
A schoolgirl who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death has been released on R1,000 bail by the Vaalbank magistrate’s court in Mpumalanga. High school pupil Mbali Maphosa, 20, allegedly killed her boyfriend Johannes Kgaphola Mnguni, 28, with a knife the deceased had allegedly threatened her with. Yesterday, scores of pupils from Kwa-Manala High School in uniform swarmed the court to offer their support to Maphosa. She was allegedly confronted by the deceased on her way home from school last week after attending afternoon classes.
 
Mnguni apparently drew a knife and threatened her with it. He then allegedly dropped the knife and assaulted her. Maphosa allegedly picked up the knife and stabbed him. She later helped transport him to the hospital where he died. An emotional Maphosa at the time said she did not mean to kill the deceased before she was arrested.
 
The pupils were not allowed to enter the courtroom which was already full yesterday and stood outside singing Thula Mbali wena ukhalelani while holding placards written Justice For Mbali #Self-defence. They had earlier marched on the Vaalbank police station to demand Maphosa’s release. Maphosa’s friend, who did not want to be named, said: “We support Mbali on this horrific incident as the deceased was a thief and abusive boyfriend. She was always complaining about how he illtreated her.”
 
Mnguni was laid to rest on Sunday in Almansdrift C Cemetery. After her release, Maphosa thanked those who came to support her.