‘Gabisile had only started secondary school’ – principal

The story of the kidnapping of the child is an emotional one and everyone prays she is not found murdered by the men.


The eMalahleni girl who was kidnapped on 28 January 2018 while asleep with her mom had just started secondary school, the school principal said.

Gabisile Shabane (13) had only been at the Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School in the eMalahleni township of Kwa-Guqa for 8 days.

She had just started her Grade 8 before the ordeal befell her and a Parliamentary committee is shocked at her abduction.

The school principal spoke to the Parliamentary committee while it was busy with oversight visits in the province.

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“Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education learnt with shock of the abduction of a young learner. The committee was busy with its week-long oversight visit to schools in the province when it was informed by the acting school principal, Mr T Nkosi, that a 13-year-old girl who had only been in the school for eight days and who has albinism, was abducted in the early hours of Sunday morning from the family home,” committee chairwoman Nomalungelo Gina said in a statement on Friday morning this week (2 Feb).

The three men who entered the house of Gabisile’s 50-year-old mom in the Hlalanikahle township on Sunday night after breaking a front window to the dining room and pointing a gun at her.

They mistakenly took a 15-month-old baby, which they thought was another baby who also has albinism and lives in the same family. Both children are still missing.

'Gabisile had only started secondary school' - principal

Kidnapped 15-month-old Nkosinathi Ngwenya



“This is criminal,” Gina charged.

“It is ridiculous that in this day and age people with albinism are not safe.

We call on the community to stand together to assist in finding these children. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety of all children and learners. Children have the right to safety and security, she said.

“We will keep these children and families in our prayers, she added.

The principal told the committee that the school is doing everything in its power to assist the family during this difficult time.

Anyone with information should call the cops on 082 372 2195, 082 600 8532, 073 995 7655 or 08600 10 111.

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(edited by MLM)

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