‘Abducted initiates volunteered’

FILE PICTURE: Initiates.(Photo by Gallo Images / City Press /Leon Sadiki)

FILE PICTURE: Initiates.(Photo by Gallo Images / City Press /Leon Sadiki)

Gauteng police have rubbished claims that 130 boys were abducted by owners of an initiation school in Dennilton, near Groblersdal, Mpumalanga.

These allegations surfaced after a media report yesterday that boys, between the ages of 13 and 16, were kidnapped and allegedly taken to the KwaMashego circumcision school, leaving their parents heartbroken.

Major Mack Mngomezulu said upon visiting the said school, police and parents found that only 11 boys were kept there, and they were residing at the school on their own will.

The 11 boys are from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni.

The visit proved fruitless, however, as the boys indicated “they were not going anywhere”, said Mngomezulu.

“The boys told the police they went there voluntarily. They were not forced by anyone. The [130 claims] were false allegations.”

Mngomezulu said only one case of kidnapping was opened with the Daveyton police station. This followed a number of statements from concerned parents.

Three people who transported the 11 boys to KwaMashego circumcision school were arrested yesterday and later released.

“After an investigation, a docket was opened. The matter was taken to court but the case was provisionally withdrawn,” he said.

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