2 kids found abandoned in Limpopo house

2014-11-27 06:52

Two children aged four and two were found abandoned in Motloulela village in Mecklenburg, Limpopo police said.

The discovery by police and social services yesterday followed a complaint that the two children were inside the house crying and without food, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

It appeared the children had been abandoned for some time.

“The whereabouts of the mother nor relatives are not known at this stage,” Mulaudzi said.

“The two children will be accommodated at a place of safety pending further police investigations.”

Elsewhere in the province, a 21-year-old woman appeared in the Motetema Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for alleged child neglect.

The case was postponed for further investigation to January 14 2015, and the woman was released on R500 bail.

She was arrested at Mooihoek, Motetema, on Saturday night, after allegedly locking her two children, aged two and three, inside the house, so she could go partying at a nearby tavern.

“The children have been taken to a place of safety by social services,” said Mulaudzi.

Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant-General Fannie Masemola was deeply distressed and disappointed with such incidents, just days after the launch of the “16 days of activism for no violence against women and children” campaign.

“Any abuse and neglect of children will not be tolerated,” he said.

“Combating crime and the scourge of women and children abuse remains the government’s priority and anyone who crosses that line will face the full [might] of the law.”

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