Initiation school 'kidnappings' condemned

2015-06-18 14:03
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Polokwane - The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa applauded police for swiftly rescuing two boys and arresting the suspects who kidnapped them and forced them to go to an initiation school in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga.

Three suspects were arrested after a Daveyton mother reported that her children were kidnapped and forced to go to the initiation school in Mpumalanga.

The incident occurred a day after Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela criss-crossed the country to launch a zero tolerance campaign against illegal initiation schools.

Police said the two boys aged 11 and 16 were forced to go to the school.

One of the three suspects is a member of the local policing forum in the area.

Contralesa deputy president Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu said they are going to work with the prosecuting authority to ensure that justice is done for the victims and their family.

“Proper channels must be followed when children are to be taken to initiation schools and parents must have approved the move,” said Mahlangu.

He said any move without consent from the parents is criminal and those found doing that must be arrested and prosecuted.

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