Police rescue children from EC church

2016-02-19 06:00
PHOTO: sourced SAPS had to forcefully enter the church to rescue the children.

PHOTO: sourced SAPS had to forcefully enter the church to rescue the children.

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SAPS rescued 18 children who had allegedly been held hostage at a church near Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mzukisi Fatyela, said they had to forcefully enter the church to recover the children aged between three and 13 years.

“The children live in the church. The children don’t go to school and some don’t even have birth certificates. It’s alleged that they were not allowed outside the gates. When you live in that church you don’t leave the church,” he said.

He said the Department Social Development had been investigating the church for months.

“After concluding its investigations, the department came to us for help to rescue these children,” he told News24.

“The church refused [to allow] police to enter, we had to force our way in.”

The children were removed and taken to places of safety.

Fatyela said no one had been arrested. - News24.

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