Cape Town soccer academy scam boys return to Durban

2016-01-18 16:56


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Durban – A group of boys who were left stranded in Cape Town after falling victim to a soccer scam have been returned to Durban, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development said on Monday.

News24 reported that the boys had allegedly been sold a dream of landing a spot in a top soccer club’s academy in the Mother City.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development spokesperson Ncumisa Fandesi said the boys had boarded a bus in Cape Town on Saturday and arrived back in Durban on Sunday.

"Two of the boys, from Umbumbulu, have already been reunited with their families. A third boy, from KwaMashu, has been temporarily placed in a Child and Youth Care Centre along with a fourth boy from Pretoria. The fifth person, an adult, has also been reunited with his family."

Fandesi said a preliminary investigation had revealed that the adult was the boy's coach and had accompanied them to Cape Town after securing a spot for them at the academy of one of the city's top soccer clubs.

"It's not clear at this stage how the boy from Pretoria became part of the group."

Fandesi said social workers were looking into events leading up to the Cape Town trip to establish the facts.

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