Two SA kids repatriated from Brazil

The children were found abandoned after their mother was arrested for alleged drug trafficking.

FILE IMAGE: Homeless camping outside the City Hall in Sao Paulo. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -Two South African children who were found wandering the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, after their mother was arrested in Portugal for drug trafficking, are expected back on home soil this morning.

It's understood the boys, aged seven and 13 went to Brazil with their mother where she was recruited into trafficking drugs between that country and Portugal.

The woman has been jailed in Portugal and is awaiting trial.

Brazilian authorities found the children and sent them to the South African mission in that country.

Spokesperson for the Department of Social Development, Lumka Oliphant, says they are obliged by the Children's Act to repatriate South African children from foreign countries.

"We have to look after our children and ensure we bring them home where they can be integrated with their families."

Oliphant says the mother nominated a family member to look after them.

"An assessment was done of this woman by the department to determine if she is fit to look after the children and all went well."

She says processes are underway to allow the children stay with their relative.