Boys put school theme into action by recovering bag

2015-05-19 11:03
Orient Heights Primary pupils Sbonelo Mabaso (8) and Mncedisi Mhlongo (11) were rewarded by the police after they handed in a handbag they found at the Protea Grounds on Sunday.

Orient Heights Primary pupils Sbonelo Mabaso (8) and Mncedisi Mhlongo (11) were rewarded by the police after they handed in a handbag they found at the Protea Grounds on Sunday. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - The theme this year at Orient Heights Primary School is respect.

No wonder then that two of the school’s pupils are being praised for ­finding and handing over a woman’s ­handbag at the Love to Live event on Sunday.

Sbonelo Mabaso (8) and Mncedisi Mhlongo (11) said they saw a group of older school boys searching through an unattended handbag and questioned them about it.

“We saw two bigger boys with the handbag and we asked them what they were doing with it. They said it was their mother’s, but I could see they were lying. When I asked again, they took the bag and ran away with it,” said Sbonelo, a Grade 3 pupil.

The duo were attending the Love to Live event at the Protea Grounds where their fellow pupils were participating in a play. Sbonelo said he and Mncedisi chased after the boys who “took something out of the bag” while they were running.

“After they took out something from the bag, they threw it on the floor. We picked it up and went straight to the police stand at the grounds,” said Sbonelo.

The pupils said police questioned them about the bag and “were very happy” at their good deed.

“The police gave us special police keyrings and also gave us R10 each. We feel very good at what we did. Our school theme this year is respect and we knew that we had to respect another person’s property,” said Sbonelo.

School principal Trevor Naidoo said they were extremely proud of their ­pupils who had “outdone” themselves.

“These pupils have done their family, school and themselves proud. They are worthy role models to emulate,” said ­Naidoo

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