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BY Reporter 5/03/18

Eight Zimbabwean children who were found by police in Rustenburg in November last year will be repatriated from South Africa to Zimbabwe, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Monday. Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered that the children should be repatriated, according to the Department of Social Development. Prinsloo said he could not fathom how parents could allow their children to travel with strangers, in a truck, from Beit Bridge to the Cape Town. Prinsloo said that he doubted that their parents acted in the best interest of the children. The children, between the ages of two and 14 years, are currently in the care and protection of the department.The driver of the truck they were travelling in when they were found by police was in possession of 15 passports – none of which belonged to the minors in transit. In terms of section 290 of the Children’s Act, there is a need to ascertain where the children will be released to. In this instance, the children will be released to the care and safety of the Government of Zimbabwe, according to the department. Newly-appointed Minister of Social Development Susan Shabangu welcomed the decision to repatriate the children to Zimbabwe.