31 boys escape youth facility following mass brawl

2017-01-15 13:33


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - A mass brawl at a Kraaifontein care facility for youths resulted in 31 boys overpowering staff and escaping on Friday.

Sihle Ngobise, spokesperson for Social Development MEC Albert Fritz, on Sunday said that 20 of the boys who escaped from the Bonnytoun Secure Care Centre, a child and youth care facility, have since been apprehended and taken back there.

Five others were found in the care of their parents and were being returned to the centre, three were traced on Sunday and three were still missing.

"The Western Cape Department of Social Development immediately alerted the South African Police Service and parents after the incident, and a search for... (the remaining) boys who absconded is ongoing," Ngobise said.

"The incident occurred on Friday evening when a group of 31 boys… assaulted and overpowered care staff. The entire group initially managed to abscond."

Ngobise said two staff members were injured.

"One of them is still in hospital receiving treatment. We wish them a speedy recovery."

Late on Friday evening residents in the Kraaifontein area took to social media asking why helicopters, apparently belonging to the police, were hovering above the area.

They then spread the news that there had been an escape at the facility and urged each other to stay indoors.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk confirmed the escape.

He referred queries to the social development department.

Bonnytoun is one of 61 child and youth care centres in the province which are operated by the social development department and NGOs.

It is a facility for, among others, children who have broken the law.

Ngobise urged anyone with information about the whereabouts of the six missing boys to contact the Kraaifontein police on 021 980 5500 or 10111, or the Department of Social Development’s hotline on 0800 220 250.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

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 24.com 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.