Father alleges child was unfairly kept from him

2009-02-12 00:00

THE Estcourt father and legal custodian of a three-year-old girl alleges that a Klerksdorp policewoman and a social worker unjustly prevented him from getting back his child, who was taken away without his consent.

The father made these allegations in an urgent application to the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday to order that the child be returned to him. He says that his daughter was taken to Klerksdorp without his consent by his former wife and mother of the child and her friends.

The father alleged that the mother had falsely made allegations of child abuse against him, but a Klerksdorp child protection unit inspector told him that the charges were without merit.

He said that she had often lied to him.

He had a live-in servant who looked after the little girl when he was away. Her school teacher said she was well-dressed and cared for and had good food and juice.

His former wife sometimes did not have regular contact with her daughter and at one time did not see her for about three months.

He took the child to Klerksdorp twice as he did not want her to forget her mother.

She started making demands for money and abused him.

She and her friends stayed with him in Estcourt and her friends suggested that they take the child to Klerksdorp so that he and his former wife could be alone and talk things over, but he refused as he did not want a reconciliation with her.

They took the child away when he was away from home and when he found she was gone he gave the Estcourt police a description of their car, but they were too slow in reacting, he said.

He went to Klerksdorp to get the child back, but a policewoman had spoken to the wife. She had taken the side of the wife and instructed a social worker to take their side.

The return date for the application is Tuesday.

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