From horrors to love

2014-06-13 00:00

THE infamous house of horrors in Springs will soon become a house of care.

Members of the Wild Wild Guardians charity organisation, a local bikers club and the community are currently negotiating with the owner of the house to convert the large, double-storey house into a safe place for children.

Wild Wild Guardians chairperson Henry Harber said the house is now standing empty and would make an ideal base for the current children’s home in Springs.

“The house has a swimming pool, there are enough rooms inside and out, and the garden is large enough for everyone to play. We can equip the property with CCTV cameras to keep the children safe.

“We want to start as soon as possible with renovations to convert the house into a children’s home,” Harber said.

He said donors were lined up and ready to pay the rent and maintenance, while many community members were also ready to help.

“Everyone is excited about turning the house of horrors to a house of love. We have a children’s home in Springs and while it is doing a lot of good work, it is in a bad area near the CBD. Almost every street corner has drugs or prostitutes. We want to move this children’s home to the house of love.”

He said in memory of the family that had been held and tortured in the house of horrors, the new house of love will accept any child who needs help.

The horrors in the house only become known after an 11-year-old boy managed to escape from his 36-year-old father, who had allegedly held his mother and four siblings captive in the house for 16 years.

The mother (35) yesterday told sister paper Beeld that she is now a lot better than two weeks ago, when she had started crying “non-stop” when police took her and her children out of the house. Yesterday, she was calm and talked with confidence, even managing a smile.

The father appeared again in the Spring Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He had tried to slit his wrists in the court’s holding cell last week, but as he stood in the dock, holding a small red Bible, there were no signs of cuts.

State prosecutor Gconbani Lungu asked for the case to be postponed to July 25 to give the state time to finish its investigation.

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