Gang holds up staff at JHB children's home

2015-05-03 18:28
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Johannesburg - Staff at the Ethembeni Children’s Home in Johannesburg are traumatised following an armed robbery last week that saw a gang make off with valuable items.

The home in Doornfontein, which is run by the Salvation Army, was hit by a gang of four just after 18:00 on Thursday evening.

They held guns to the heads of staff members and demanded access to certain areas, which they then ransacked.

They left after 40 minutes with cash, jewellery, cellphones, cameras, and laptops belonging to the home and its staff.

The home takes care of up to 60 children, aged from birth to three years, who have suffered some form of abuse or have been abandoned. Some are HIV positive.

Some of the children were found in rubbish bags, in dustbins, on rubbish dumps, in shebeens or at taxi ranks. Others were left at the hospital after delivery, abandoned with strangers, or left without care for extended periods.

Salvation Army Southern Africa spokesperson Carin Holmes said they were thankful that nobody was physically hurt, but were disturbed by the trauma those at the home had been put through.

“It’s difficult to comprehend the inhumanity of people who strike a place of caring for helpless little babies who have been abandoned.

"Many of the items stolen are important for the effective operation of the home. Other items, such as wedding rings, have personal significance for the staff who give sacrificially of themselves to care for the babies.”

Members of the public who wanted to help could contact the home or visit the Salvation Army website for donation details.

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