Initiation school suspected in abduction of Orange Farm boys

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File: Despite all efforts, illegal initiation schools continue to operate in Orange Farm.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite all efforts, illegal initiation schools continue to operate in Orange Farm.

Three families are still searching for their sons who disappeared three weeks ago.

Community members believe they were taken to one of the illegal schools.

Abductors are said to be paid around R150 for each boy.

One of the families approached the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), saying the police were of no help.

“We rely on the police to protect the citizens of this country," said Gauteng Cogta&39;s Nhlakanipho Nkontwana.

"We make sure that whenever there are missing boys or missing girls, either the JMPD or SAPS must be involved."

Nkontwana said that most of the time, the schools are illegal.

"Those people -- I can call them thugs -- these days they use these boys, pay them to lure others. I’m sure this is what has happened.”

Brigadier Sibongile Ndaba of the Orange Farm SAPS said they are facing several challenges.

"We don’t have by-laws from the Johannesburg Metro. So there is no way we can deal with them. 

"We’ve got only two legislations that can help us. The one is common law, under kidnapping," said Ndaba. 

"The other one is under the Children’s Act that can help us."

Ndaba said if the parents don&39;t want to open a case of kidnapping, their hands are tied.

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