SA boys living on the streets of Brazil back home

2014-11-06 12:56

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Johannesburg - Two South African boys who had been living on the streets in Brazil after their mother was arrested for drug trafficking arrived back in the country on Thursday, the social development department said.

"They landed at OR Tambo International Airport this morning", spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said.

"What we know is that they last saw their mother in December. We cannot say how long they were on the streets. As soon as the South African consulate was alerted of their plight they were taken to a home in Brazil for abandoned children [a safe home]."

Their mother was arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs between Brazil and Portugal.

Brazilian authorities found the boys, aged seven and 13, living on the streets of Sao Paolo and referred them to the South African embassy in that country.

Oliphant said both boys would be placed in foster care. They had different fathers, neither of whom was South African.

"The mother has nominated a foster parent. Her wish was that we take the children to the foster parents. We will follow her wishes because we look at the interests of the children", she said.

The foster parents lived in KwaZulu-Natal and an assessment would be done before the boys were placed with them.

"We put them in a hotel just now and depending on how tired they are we will decide when to send them to the foster parents."

Oliphant said a court process had to be undertaken for the placement to become legal.

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