SA man desperate to get kids back home

2012-03-15 14:52
Cape Town - French authorities apparently refused to meet with a South African man on Wednesday who is desperately trying to get his children home, EWN reported.

Steven Swanepoel's ex-wife took his two children, Isabelle Michaela and André Stephen, to France on holiday in 2007.

The mother, Charlotte de Montby Isenschmid, never returned to South Africa with the children.

Despite an order from the highest French court, the children remained in France with their mother.

Swanepoel's legal representative from Schindlers Attorneys, Megan Harrington-Johnson, said it was now up to Pretoria to intervene.

“They’re in contravention of the court order and in contravention of the Hague Convention itself, so we’re trying everything we can to get some sort of pressure exerted.

“The South African government needs to pressurise the French government into complying with the convention.”

According to a 2009 Die Burger report, Swanepoel feared that de Montby Isenschmid might have gone to Switzerland with the children as they all have Swiss passports.

In the Die Burger article, Swanepoel was quoted as saying: “That day at the airport in Johannesburg, my little girl cried terribly and screamed and fought.

“I was still carrying her; she didn’t want her mother to take her away from me. It’s as if the child suspected something.”

The justice ministry’s Tlali Tlali was not available for comment.

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