Cape Town teenager Zanton Basson (17), who recently lost his life after being stabbed by a friend for defending an elderly woman, was honoured at various tributes organised within his community.
Basson was stabbed on Friday, 18 November 2022, for correcting a friend, Carlo Grove (22), who was rude to an elderly woman at Westgate Mall in Mitchells Plain.
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Basson was rushed to Melomed Hospital, where he later passed on.
According to his family, the Rocklands High student had not been friends with his attacker for a long time; however, the perpetrator was recovering from drugs.
Basson has been remembered by his community, family and NPO Women for Change as an outstanding young man with a promising future.
About Zanton Basson:
- He was in Grade 11 at Rocklands High
- He was a Junior City Council
- He was going to be Rocklands High head boy in 2023
- He was addressing gangsterism in the community
According to The South African, Rocklands High School’s principal, Nigel Pelston, also paid tribute to Basson.
“Basson was a true Rocklands High school boy. Of his endearing qualities was his gentle disposition. Always affable when engaging others. A magnanimous heart. He greeted every teacher he walked passed and always had a smile on his face. In my understanding, he brought liveliness to class conversations, and his positivity and warm presence had a remarkable effect on all who came into contact with him. He truly embodied the Rocklands High spirit of passion.”
Grove has been arrested and is currently in Pollsmoor Prison waiting to appear in court again on 13 December for his bail hearing with legal representation.