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American Teacher In Stable Condition After Stabbing

October 10, 1993

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ An American math teacher was in stable condition Saturday after being stabbed several times at the township school where she worked.

Police said robbery appeared to be the motive for Friday’s attack on Daniela Malin, 23, of Brattleboro, Vt. She was being treated at Groote Schuur Hospital for stab wounds in the neck and left side.

Malin was due to return to the United States next month after volunteering for a year at the Zonnebloem Nest School in District Six, a sprawling black township near Cape Town.

Malin, who is white, had come to South Africa as part of a community service program organized by her alma mater, Brown University, said Zonnebloem Nest principal Geoff Jacobs.

Malin, who lived on campus, was attacked as she made a phone call from a booth at the school late Friday. The injured teacher dragged herself to the home of the school caretaker, who took her to the hospital.

Malin told The Associated Press that she was attacked by two boys and recognized one as a Zonnebloem Nest student. Jacobs said the attackers entered the campus through a door or gate that had been left open.

Police said Malin’s backpack was found in a garbage can, but could not immediately determine whether anything was missing.

The attack followed the killing of Amy Biehl, another American woman who volunteered in Cape Town’s poor black communities. Biehl, a 26-year-old Fulbright scholar from Newport Beach, Calif., was stoned and stabbed by a mob in the Guguletu township on Aug. 25.

Her parents, visiting as guests of Cape Town Mayor Clive Keegan, were to attend a church service in their daughter’s honor in Guguletu on Sunday.

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