Abduction Of Learner Leaves Department Concerned About School Safety

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi

South Africa is fast becoming one of the most unsafe countries for children as the abduction of learners in school escalates. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) issued a response related to the recent incident of abduction of a learner in school.


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The Department of Education in the Gauteng province has issued a statement through its social media platforms citing concerned about the kidnapping of a Grade 5 learner on Wednesday morning, 11 November 2021.

The statement further alleged that three men abducted the grade 5 pupil in a Toyota Yaris at gunpoint while she was waiting for her turn to go through Covid-19 screening at the gate of EP Baumann Primary School in Mayfair, Johannesburg.

The three suspects are said to have escaped in a silver Toyota Yaris with the registration number JS 62 CS GP.

According to the statement, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was deeply concerned about the alleged kidnapping of a 11-year-old girl outside her school.

We are pleading with any member of the public who may have witnessed the abduction or knows anything about this incident to approach relevant law enforcement agencies. We condemn the actions of the criminal elements who prey on young learners, and our prayers are with the family and friends of the young learner.

The department confirmed that a Psycho-Social Unit has been arranged for the school to help learners and staff at the school who are experiencing trauma as a result of witnessing the kidnapping incident.  

This event follows a separate incident where four Moti brothers, who only returned after 21 days, were also kidnapped outside a school in Limpopo.

The Gauteng department of education has pleaded with any community member who may have additional information relating to the incident or may have seen the vehicle with the given descriptions to contact the police.

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