A 64-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a young boy on Sunday during an attempted robbery at a farm outside George in the Southern Cape, police said.
It is believed the 16-year-old boy gained access to the house at Dagbreek farm through a kitchen window just after 2am, said spokesperson Malcom Pojie.
Charlotte Sroneman, who was at the time asleep next to her husband, had woken up to investigate the noise when she was repeatedly stabbed on the chest allegedly by the young man, said Pojie.
With a gun in hand, her husband went to investigate after hearing the commotion from the dining room, he said.
A fight ensued and he was also stabbed. He, however, managed to fire several shots, wounding the intruder.
"The suspect was shot on the right side of his face and on his shoulder. He tried to flee but he was arrested by police not far from the house," said Pojie.
Charlotte was declared dead at the scene while her husband was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
"The suspect is currently at a provincial hospital under heavy police guard," said Pojie.