A teen boy who went away from home for some fun at a camp died of starvation, according to court proceedings.
The family of the 15-year-old boy, who died after a 10-week stay in a controversial game ranger training camp was banned from contacting his parents during his time there.
15-year-old Raymond Buys was admitted to a hospital in Vereeniging, South Africa, with numerous physical injuries, including skull fractures. The teen died a month later.
The mother of Buys, Wilna Buys, testified in Vereeniging District Court on Monday, against the owner of the camp, Alex de Koker, 49, and his employee, Michael Erasmus, 20.
The two men pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, child abuse, neglect, lack of proper clothing, food, housing facilities and two counts of assault.
Raymond was left at the center by his family. According to his mother, Raymond was very excited to be training as a guard at the camp, but the next time she saw him was in the hospital.
"My son was a skeleton. He had head wounds and torn ears. There were bruises on his face and arms. He also had cigarette burns on his body," she told the court.