'Kids should bond families'

2017-06-04 06:01
Nicole North, 27, had her two children taken by an NGO called Wild Wild Gardens in Springs. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

Nicole North, 27, had her two children taken by an NGO called Wild Wild Gardens in Springs. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

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The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, launched the annual Child Protection Week campaign on May 26, 2017. WATCH

On August 28 2015, two children were removed from their parents – Juan-Pierre Le-Corré, 31, and Nicole North, 27 (pictured).

The kids are five and two years old.

Wild Wild Guardians’ reason was that the children were being neglected and abused.

The organisation arrived with the police, a doctor and a representative from another charity organisation called Hi Kids.

Within an hour, the children were gone.

Le-Corré denies being involved in drug abuse. He said the older child had accidentally spilt a cup of tea on the younger one.

“The boy was taken to the pharmacy around the corner, given some treatment and we were advised that it was unnecessary to go to the hospital,” he said.

Nevertheless, the court placed both children with their maternal grandmother, Amelia Botha.

On September 1 2015, social workers from the Springs Magistrates’ Court received complaints from Botha’s neighbours that she had allegedly been manhandling and swearing at the two-year-old.

Le-Corré dismisses this as a lie.

But on September 3, the children were removed from their grandmother’s care and placed in the care of foster parents.

Le-Corré admits that North, who works as a packer at a nearby Spar, has a mental condition that forces her to see a psychologist once a week, but denies that the children were ever neglected.

“I’m on my third job since the removal of my kids, because I have to attend court frequently,” Le-Corré said.

“Thinking about this angers me because babies are meant to bond families. These removals are dividing families,” he said.

Asked what he had to do to get his children back, Le-Corré said the court told him to first get a proper place to live because the single room that he lived in with North and the children was too small.

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