Bonnytoun abscondment: Department & SAPS searching for boys
Operations at the Bonnytoun Secure Care Centre, which is a Child & Youth Care Centre (CYCC), have returned to normal after an attack and abscondment by some of the boys held at the facility.
The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) immediately alerted the South African Police Service (SAPS) and parents after the incident, and a search for 6 boys who absconded is ongoing.
The incident occurred on Friday evening (13-01-2017), when a group of 31 boys at the CYCC assaulted and over-powered care staff. The entire group initially managed to abscond, but 20 of them were soon apprehended and brought back to the facility. Another 5 were found by their parents, and are being returned to the CYCC.
During the incident, two of our care staff at the Bonnytoun CYCC sustained injuries. One of them is still in hospital receiving treatment. We wish them a speedy recovery.
CYCCs are established under the Children's Act of 2005 and the Child Justice Act of 2008 as facilities for children at-risk, and for children who are in conflict with the law. Both categories of children are held separately at CYCC facilities. There are 61 CYCCs in the province, operated by DSD and NGOs. Bonnytoun Secure Care Centre is operated by the department.
We are appealing to any members of the public who have information on the whereabouts of the 6 remaining boys who absconded to contact the Kraaifontein SAPS 021 980 5500 or 10111, or the DSD hotline on 0800 220 250.
Spokesperson for Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development
Western Cape Government
7th floor, 14 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, 8000
Tel : (021) 483 9217
Cell : 076 083 6543
Email : Sihle.Ngobese@westerncape.gov.za