Dad locked up kids 'for their own safety'

2014-06-03 08:23
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Johannesburg - The case against a man accused of locking his children up for eight years in a hostel room was postponed in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court, Johannesburg police said on Tuesday.

"The case was remanded to Friday for formal bail application," Captain Kym Cloete said.

The 50-year-old man was arrested on Friday. He appeared in court on Monday on charges of child neglect.

Reports on Monday said the man and his 46-year-old wife had kept their four children locked in a room in the Nobuhle hostel for eight years.

The eldest child, a 24-year-old man, was chained up when his parents went out.

The children were freed on Friday after he broke free. He was admitted to hospital with bruised hands and legs. The father reportedly said he had to lock the eldest son up because he was mentally ill.

"He becomes very violent so I had to keep him chained in the house," he was quoted as saying.

The man reportedly told police and social workers that he locked his children up because the world was dangerous and he did not want them killed.

The Star also reported that the man allegedly claimed that family members with whom he had a row were capable of kidnapping or killing his children to hurt him, hence he imprisoned them for their own safety.

The newspaper also said there were allegations that the young man was in an incestuous relationship with his sister and that she became pregnant. It is not known what happened to the baby.

The children were taken to a place of safety.
- SAPA
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