Condolences have continued to pour in following the death of EFF provincial secretary George Nyakama’s teen son, Alfonso Arends.
As gathered, Alfonso, 17, died on Thursday morning in a Klerksdorp hospital from injuries he sustained last week.
George Nyakama disclosed that his son was attacked with stones and bottles by dozens of community members at a social event in Bloemhof, North West town.
Reports had it that the teenager suffered a fractured skull and massive internal bleeding after the attack and was later airlifted to Klerksdorp where he died in ICU on Thursday.
Narrating his ordeal, the distraught fighter said:
“As I understand it, my son attended a street bash in Bloemhof on Saturday where he was apparently involved in a quarrel with a boy from the main township in the area.
“This other boy then went to one of the tents that had been erected by the event organisers and came out with about 50 to 60 of his friends and family. From what witnesses have told me, Alfonso tried to run away from the crowd but they chased after him while pelting him with stones and bottles. He ran but couldn’t get away.
“They eventually chased him into a yard where he climbed onto a roof in an effort to escape his attackers but they continued to stone him until he eventually fell off.
“I’m not sure what the quarrel was about but a relative who was at the event said that Alfonso was sober. He would not have been able to climb onto a roof if he had been drunk. These people were out to kill him and were aiming for his head.”
Nyakama said what pains him most about his son’s untimely death is the fact that he died “like a dog and it is as if those responsible are being allowed to get away with it.”
He alleged that with the way the matter is being handled, it appears the police may have been conspiring with the perpetrators. He confirmed that the family has opened a case with the police in Klerksdorp.
George Nyakama also thanked all and sundry who shared his grief including provincial DA leader Andrew Louw, MPL Boitumelo Babuseng, ANC Chief Whip Gail Parker and MPL Maruping Lekwene and the secretary of the provincial legislature, Patrick Moopelwa.