This is what's going to happen to the Springs 'House of Horror'

By Hilda Van Dyk
11 June 2015

You wouldn’t believe that it’s the same house that was so filthy an awful stench lingered in the air for weeks after the man’s arrest in May 2014.

In the high court in Pretoria testimonies told of all the atrocities committed in the so-called ‘House of Horrors’ in Springs.

How the two accused, a mother and father of five, allegedly abused and neglected their children for years is enough to make anyone’s hair stand on end.

The couple’s names can’t be mentioned in order to protect the identity of their children.

Photos of how filthy the house was both inside and outside were shown. Blankets and clothes were lying around. Rubbish floated on top of the dirty puddle of water that was in the swimming pool.

But if you were to drive past 36 Plantation Way today you would never believe that it is the same house at which all these atrocities took place. You wouldn’t believe that it’s the same house that was so filthy that an awful stench lingered in the air for weeks after the man’s arrest in May 2014.

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Lynn Weir-Smith, who was the caretaker at the time of the man’s arrest, told YOU that the odor was so bad it made her nauseous. She also said that it was so filthy that she couldn’t clean the house without putting on protective gloves.

The house has since been sold and is being restored. No-one lives there at the moment and the only people you see are builders who are working on the property.

There isn’t even a security guard in the cubicle at the gate anymore. The security guard was apparently often radioed to buy food for the kids because they weren’t allowed to leave the house, says Lynn.

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The green palisade fence which people would peer through to see what’s on the other side has now been replaced with a neatly painted yellow wall and a wooden gate.

Where it was a dark property because of all the trees it’s now open and well lit since it’s been cleaned and some of the trees were removed.

Nowhere on the property does anyone live in squalor anymore, all the rooms have been renovated and fitted with modern doors and windows.

The man and his wife are facing roughly 20 charges ranging from abuse to child neglect. The eldest child is 18 and the youngest only four.

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The father is also being charged with the rape and sexual assault of the eldest daughter. The couple have pleaded not guilty on all charges except for a charge against the man, where he was accused of obstructing the investigation.

The case has been postponed till 31 October.

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