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Noorderland learner abducted, robbed


A 15-year-old learner from Noorderland High School was allegedly abducted by two men while walking home Tuesday after writing the last of his mid-year exam papers.
The Grade 10 learner was allegedly approached by two men near the corner of DieMeer and Potgieter streets. The men, in their late 20s or early 30s approached him with an initial offer of a paint job at a woman’s house and said he should follow them. A few metres further they allegedly showed him a handgun and told him to keep on walking and “not to make any noise”.
They forced him to walk through the park adjacent to Potgieter Street and towards the railway bridge near Tom Naudé Technical High School and further north towards Ladanna. The two then allegedly assaulted him and robbed him of his cell phone, watch and other electronic equipment before releasing him.
The victim’s father said: “He usually walks with his friends, but he was writing exams and when he had finished he wanted to go home.” Polokwane Observer is withholding the name of the learner for the sake of his safety.
The father said they were aware of other learners who had been been robbed of cell phones and other equipment in the past but not of any learner being abducted at gunpoint before. “Why take him away such a distance? One can only wonder what their intentions were,” he remarked.
Once the men had released the boy he reportedly saw some buildings and headed towards them but managed to wave a motorist down. “The good Samaritan assisted him by phoning his mother, who then phoned me. The man also phoned the Police,” the father said.
Ntobeng Phala, Head of Communication at Polokwane Police Station confirmed that a case of armed robbery has been opened at the station.