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Hunt continues for missing Orange Farm teens

Govt says in many instances teenage boys run away to initiation schools as a result of peer pressure.

Tools used at illegal initiation school that was discovered in Soweto. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Government says its monitoring the Orange Farm area where at least 40 teenagers were reported missing.

The large group disappeared from their homes more than a week ago.

While 17 teens have been found in recent days, the whereabouts of the others are still unknown.

Government says in many instances, teenage boys run away to initiation schools as a result of peer pressure.

It says efforts to rescue the 23 teenagers who are still missing are proving difficult, because often the miners don't want to be found.

The Traditional Affairs Department's Hlanganipo Mkantwana.

"These kids get told that if they don't complete the process, something will happen to them or they will go crazy. That is why when there is such a rescue mission, they tend to run away."

He says where boys are found at illegal initiation schools, operations are shut down.