Hawks probe house

2014-01-25 00:00

The house was bought for cash in August 2012 and registered in the name of Erwin Kruger, the little burn victim’s father.

Sister paper Beeld learnt reliably that the purchase of the house, eight months after Pippie suffered critical burns, forms part of the Hawks’ investigation into how money donated for her treatment was spent.

Erwin Kruger acknowledged last week that the fund was never registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO), and that money raised was paid into his wife Anice’s personal savings account.

He declined to comment yesterday on the purchase of the house.

Lynne Zurnamer, a spokesperson for the Kruger family, told Huisgenoot magazine last September that the house was bought by Kruger’s father for his retirement.

“He put it in Erwin’s name with a clause stating that Erwin could not sell or occupy it before the deaths of his father and mother. After that, he could do as he pleased,” Zurnamer said.

Erwin is one of the directors of Pippie se Gesiggie (Pty) Ltd, a private company set up in 2012.

Gifts and donations were paid into Anice’s private account from Jan­uary 2012, shortly after Pippie was burnt.

Erwin’s personal bank details have also been previously published on social media as an account into which donors could pay.

Anice, Erwin and Loesje Barnard, Anice’s mother, are the directors of the company. It is unclear how much money has been paid into the fund-company.

Last August, Anice told Beeld there was between R3 and R4 million in the “fund”, but Erwin said last week there had never been more than R1,9 million.

In just two donations, Poppies vir Pippie (Dollies for Pippie) had raised R52 610 for Pippie se Gesiggie (Pty) Ltd by March 2012. Ride for Pippie, a group of cyclists who did the 94.7 cycle race to raise money, paid over R18 000.

After receiving a R20 000 donation, Anice wrote on Facebook: “ … I’m sitting on my Pappa’s lap, no longer at his feet”.

In March, she wrote: “I could have got rich and taken every donation, instead I give and give”.

Last August, Zurnamer told eNCA news that Pippie se Gesiggie was a registered NPO.

The Social Development Department had already turned down an application to register the fund as a NPO last July.

However, it is still presented on its website as a NPO.

Zurnamer said an audit had to be completed by September, in order to comply with the law.

Now Zurnamer tells Beeld she was not aware at the time of the interview that the fund was not registered. “Why would you ask to see the documents if the lawyer confirms that it has been done?” she asked.

The Kruger family lawyer, Philip Taljaard, told Beeld yesterday that the company’s annual financial statement has been filed.

“It is a one-page document and it is just to say that the company still exists.”

Pippie Kruger’s mother

“I could have got rich and taken every donation, instead I give and give.”

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