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Police open kidnapping case after Joburg pupil goes missing from school

It's believed that a grade eight boy was kidnapped while waiting for his lift at the gate of Queens High School.

Chalk and a blackboard duster in the refurbished Samson Senior Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are searching for two missing Gauteng pupils who were last seen at their schools in Joburg on Monday while waiting for their transport.

It's believed that a grade eight boy was kidnapped while waiting for his lift at the gate of Queens High School.

The police's Mavela Masondo said a kidnapping case had been opened: "We have started with the search, we are looking for him, we are appealing with anyone who has got information who can assist us with the search to please call Jeppestown Police Station or they can call the nearest police station."

In a separate case also in Johannesburg, the family of a 15-year-old girl are anxiously waiting for news on her whereabouts after she went missing from the Lantern School for Children with Special Needs in Roodepoort.

Department spokesperson Steve Mabona has called for information that could help find them.

"The MEC has indicated that it is quite concerning that learners are being targeted at schools for different reasons but it is quite sad that learners will be kidnapped and money demanded."

Meanwhile, teachers union Sadtu's Gauteng president Eddie Kekana that said that it was time the education sector came up with a new model to safeguard children on school premises.

"The reality of the situation is that the Education Department alone cannot carry the burden of security of schools. It should be an inter-departmental thing. This trust must be given to the security cluster. We need to protect our own institutions."

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