Children saved from illegal Islamic academy in Dundee

2014-06-10 00:00

SOCIAL workers have rescued 12 children from an illegal Islamic academy in Wasbank near Dundee.

The Sabalalisa Iqiniso Dawah Academy allegedly denied them formal education and taught them only the Qu’ran.

The Department of Social Welfare said yesterday the police were alerted to the illegal school by two children who had managed to escape from it.

Spokesperson Ncumisa Fandesi said that, upon investigation, social workers found 18 people including 12 children, who were being held in a hall with 10 bunk beds.

They established that the children and youths did not attend any formal education facility, but were studying the Qu’ran. “Social workers established that although the Sabalalisa Iqiniso Dawah Academy is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), it is not permitted to accommodate children and that the consent forms they claimed to have were, in fact, signed by the children themselves.”

An instructor at the academy has been arrested along with five youths who were found to be in the country illegally.

MEC Weziwe Thusi said she was happy with the action of the police and the social workers. “When this matter was first brought to our attention last week, social workers worked into the night to establish the circumstances under which these children were being held. After spending hours at the facility they found clear contravention of the Children’s Act and took appropriate action.”

“We understand that this is not the only facility of its kind and our social workers will continue to work with the police in dealing with this matter.”

She said the rescued children will remain in the department’s care until contact with their parents had been established.

Colonel Jay Naicker said six people were arrested and charged at Wasbank police station for contravening the Immigration Act.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.