Confusion over alleged abduction of 162 schoolchildren from school hostel

However, the department claims that it was told that the children were then broken out of the hostel and were transported by the alleged drunken convoy.

Confusion over alleged abduction of 162 schoolchildren from school hostel

Confusion over alleged abduction of 162 schoolchildren from school hostel photo credit: EWN

Police in the North West are attempting to piece together the bizarre timeline of events that unfolded at the Tirelong Secondary School on Tuesday night. The Education Department said that it was investigating reports that 162 children were abducted from their school hostel by a group of drunk people pretending to be parents.

The department said that according to information it received, a group of people arrived in two vehicles at the hostel. They were allegedly barred from entering by security guards after they failed to prove that they were parents.

However, the department claims that it was told that the children were then broken out of the hostel and were transported by the alleged drunken convoy.

The North West Education Department’s Elias Malindi: “We are in possession of video clips to substantiate that these were not parents. What is disturbing us more is that they don’t take the learners to their homes, they leave them on the streets. They’ve exposed the lives of our children to extreme danger. We want the police to arrest everyone involved in this unacceptable practice.”

The police’s Adele Myburgh, however, said that the school principal opened a case of malicious damage to property but no parent has opened a case of abduction as being claimed by the school.

“The school principal yesterday morning opened a case for malicious damage to property. That is the only case that’s been opened so far. We’d like to urge all parents involved in this alleged incident to please come forward and report it to local police so that we can investigate,” Myburgh said.

Sources: EWN, Sowetan LIVE

Follow FiND iT on Facebook here.

ALSO READ: Ghislaine Maxwell seeks retrial in sex abuse case

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.