The mothers of two 14-year-old schoolboys are angry after the children were arrested at school and kept in police cells overnight.
The teens, who attend Spes Bona High in Athlone, were bust on Wednesday after allegedly stealing a teacher’s cellphone, and were kept in the tjoekie at Athlone police station.
The boys from Khayelitsha and Gugulethu were taken to the cop shop after another learner said they and another boy had stolen the phone on Tuesday.
The moms say they waited at the police station until late on Wednesday for their sons but the police would not release them.
“I went home and returned at 1am yesterday morning and still they would not release the boys. We spoke to lots of officers and nobody could help,” she says.
The boys say they are innocent: “We did not know it was stolen. I thought it was his phone he wanted me to keep.”
School principal Mandy Matta says the three boys had been suspended for seven days.
“A learner came forward and said they planned to sell the phone and split the money and she saw the one tell the other to take it. The other learner involved did not come to school and we are in contact with his mother.”
Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the teens’ arrest on theft charges, but says they were kept in holding cells as “their parents were not available for them to be released in their care.”