Abused Springs wife cries for kids

2014-05-30 12:24
A Springs man accused of abusing five children while keeping them captive for more than a decade, appears in court. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

A Springs man accused of abusing five children while keeping them captive for more than a decade, appears in court. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The mother of the five children held captive by their father in Springs for years, has told Beeld that she misses her children terribly, and that her life is hell without them.

According to the newspaper, the tearful woman did not want to talk about the emotional and physical abuse she and her children suffered at the hands of her husband, or about her relationship with her husband.


She may not be named in order to protect the identities of her children, aged between 2 and 16. They are being cared for by other family members.

Her 36-year-old husband appeared in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, according to Sapa. His case was postponed to 4 June and he will remain in custody.

He is accused of attempted murder, child abuse and obstruction of justice.

According to reports, he allegedly assaulted and tortured his wife and his five children for many years, preventing them from leaving the house or attending school.

The couple's 11-year-old son escaped the house last Monday, pleading with neighbours to help him. The police were called to the house the following day, and the woman and children were removed from the house.


The woman's older sister told Beeld that when she saw her husband's court appearance on television the enormity of the situation hit her. She apparently wakes up at night, screaming, and is scared to be alone.

The sister said the family just wants to get the court case over with so that they can live a normal life again, although this will be difficult as she will have to find work in order to support her family.

The sister added that it is unbearable to see the woman in such a condition, and that people are judging her, but don't know the situation.

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