Western Cape police have called on the public to assist in locating a missing Grade 12 pupil from Boland Agricultural High School in Paarl.
Emiel Smit, 18, was reported missing at the Paarl police station on Wednesday. He was last seen at around midday in his school uniform on a gravel road on the school’s property.
Police spokesperson Colonel André Traut said Smit resided at the school’s boarding house.
He added a search of the area on Wednesday night, comprising the police, Farm Watch and residents, was unsuccessful in locating the teenager, but it would resume on Thursday.
Speaking to News24, the chairman of the school governing body, Nelius van Santen, said Smith did not report for his next calls after second break.
“It was then that the search commenced on the premises as well as outside of the premises, but he has still not been found,” added Van Santen.
Western Cape education department spokesperson Millicent Merton said the department was aware of the incident.
“The school is working closely with the South African Police Service in the search for the learner. Support has been made available for learners and staff at the school,” she added.
Anyone who can shed light on Smits’ disappearance or who can assist in tracing him is requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.