Welfare hit by crime wave

2018-12-05 06:02
The Welfare has faced four break-ins within the space of nine days.PHOTO: Purnal Poonusamy

The Welfare has faced four break-ins within the space of nine days.PHOTO: Purnal Poonusamy

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THE Amanzimtoti Child and Family Welfare on Lewis Drive is making an urgent appeal for donations after their supplies were allegedly stolen in series of break-ins at the society’s premises recently.

According to manager of the Amanzimtoti Child and Family Welfare Poovandri Naidoo, items such as food stock for the children of the welfare, clothing from the thrift store, and detergents for the society were taken during four break-ins which occurred over a period of nine days.

Naidoo stated that the break-ins, which took place from October 28 to November 7, were reported to the local SAPS.

Speaking on the state that the society’s premises was left in, Naidoo said: “Everything was messed up inside, we were trying to replace windows and up the security. It was very hard and it led to so many more expenses.”

Some of the damages included the ceiling being broken and broken glass scattered all over the premises, which resulted in the society having to dip into reserve savings to bar the windows. The welfare also had to secure more food for the children beneficiaries of the organisation.

According to Naidoo, in June 2017 the society faced a similar break-in whereby laptops were stolen as well as food. This led to the society no longer keeping such items on their premises.

In addition to this, smaller incidents have also occurred whereby copper and aluminium have been stolen from the welfare building.

The society is making an appeal to the community to donate food, detergents and second-hand clothing. The society would also like to note that they only receive a sponsorship for baby food and not for regular food.

Toti Welfare would like to thank the following for their continued support: Mahen Govender and Ricardo Maharaj of National Security and Fire;JP of Seabreeze Awning and Carports; Liliane Macintyre of AS Tools; M Projects; and Neville Barnes of Glass Mirror and Aluminium.

The Amanzimtoti Child and Family Welfare can be contacted at 031 903 5171/2.

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