Pippie's mom denies abusing fund

By admin
21 August 2013

Johannesburg - Burn victim Pippie Kruger’s mother has denied claims that she abused funds from the foundation set up in her daughter’s name and says a pre-audit will prove the allegations are false.

This comes after Hawks announced it would be looking into the foundation after a woman came forward with allegations that Anice Kruger was using the funds to finance her lifestyle.

The Pippie se Gesiggie Foundation was set up after Pippie became the first person in Africa to undergo groundbreaking skin graft surgery, Eyewitness News reported.

The foundation, into which millions of rands had been donated, is managed by Pippie’s mother, Anice; her father, Erwin and her grandmother, Loesje Barnard, Beeld stated.

The fund’s constitution states it is a non-profit organisation (NPO) created to give medical and financial help to burn victims.

So far the year-old fund has paid for the skin cultivation and transplant of Celiwe Maseko, 5, from Kagiso on the West Rand, and Pippie.

Anice’s spokesperson, Lynne Zurnamer, that there was nothing illegal in how the fund was being managed.

“It is not against the law to have family members as directors of an NPO,” Zurnamer said.

Zurnamer said the whistleblower is Lindy Cant, the woman who had earlier administered the Facebook page for Pippie’s Angels.

Cant, who lives in Richards Bay, denied that she had complained to the Hawks.

Kruger said the allegations are as a result of fallout with a friend who clearly has a vendetta against her, EWN reported.

“It’s a bunch of lies. Helping another child with cloned skin like I did with Celiwe and building a rehabilitation centre is not enriching myself. We are doing a pre-audit which we will put out into the media.”