Pippie donations first went into personal account

2014-01-23 12:16
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Johannesburg - Burn victim Pippie Kruger's mother, Anice, initially used her personal bank account for donations, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Pippie sustained third-degree burns when a firelighter gel is believed to have exploded in her father's hands on New Year's Eve in 2011. She was 2-years-old at the time.

On 10 January, the bank balance in Kruger's personal bank account was R359,91.

About three weeks later, on 31 January 2012, after donations started streaming in, her bank balance was R215 864.35.

This is according to documents in Beeld's possession, in which Kruger explains that she initially used her own bank account to run a non-profit organisation.

She said when she started receiving big sums of money, she started keeping receipts.

Last year, the Hawks said a probe was underway into claims that money was being misappropriated from Pippie Kruger's foundation, Pippie se Gesiggie (Pippie's little face).

Kruger has denied the allegations.

In June 2012, Pippie underwent pioneering surgery in which her own cloned skin, grown in a US laboratory in Boston, was grafted onto her wounds.

Since then, the fund has also paid for the skin cultivation and transplant of Celiwe Maseko, 5, from Kagiso on Johannesburg's West Rand.

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