800 kids taken from parents

2012-07-03 09:15

Cape Town - More than 800 children have been taken from their parents and put in foster care in the first 5 months of the year.

Eyewitness News reported that this increase in parental neglect was a concern to the provincial government.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said: “There is something very wrong with the way we are dealing with family, domestic violence and sexual violence in communities.”

Drug abuse is said to be one of the biggest causes of problems in Cape Town communities.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille last week launched a drug abuse awareness campaign in order to curb the crisis.

"Given the unique problems in Western Cape, where you have high instances of substance abuse running concurrently with high instances of gangsterism ... that could call for a specific focus on a strategy attacking gangsterism and substance abuse at the same time," said Tertius Cronje of the SA National Council on Alcoholism in the Western Cape.

The UN recently announced that South Africa was becoming one of the biggest exporters of tik or methamphetamine, reported the

  • Gavin - 2012-07-03 10:31

    goats have kids, people have children, it is a scathing indictment on our society that the future of our world, will be in the hands of those very people we have abandoned to the the fringes of society.

  • gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 14:34

    I was alarmed to read this headline. Question: DO these "Foster Parents"get paid? And if so how much? What concerns me, is IF they are being paid, this could turn into a bigger problem than drugs, and a money making racket that will go to the deepest levels of the social system, with kickbacks. This is what has happened in the UK and in the USA, children being removed from the parents, often illegally and with no real justification, put inot Foster care and the kick backs got from the Social services, to the police and even into the Justice system. Coupled with Foster care turning into yet another money making racket, as the recent exposure of Saville in the UK which is becoming more alarming by the day and reaches to the highest positions in office, is the sexual abuse of these children by peodophiles and pornography peddlers. Part of the drug industry is also the child trafficking industry which has penetrated into Social services and the law in the UK and the USA. I do believe that this goes further than drugs, and that it needs to be attended to with the utmost of urgency. Peodophile and child porn rings have become endemic in Europe, the UK and the USA, and are more often than not linked with drug dealing. A bank like HSBC no less was laundering drug money and peodophilia is now associated with 10 Downing Street.

      gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 15:53

      Here are examples of what is going on in the USA and the UK, and when drugs and money are involved it is only a matter of time, if not already that this criminality enters our system. Short video detailing abuse of power by Child Protective Services - CPS. Highlights financial incentives to steal kids and place them on drugs. Contains multiple news clips and interviews from families that CPS stole the kids from, & includes the late (possibly murdered) Nancy Schaefer.

      gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 15:54

      SECRET FAMILY COURTS AND SOCIAL SERVICES DESTROY THE LIVES OF CHILDREN - The secret family courts protect negligent Social Workers who destroy the lives of vulnerable children. Courts Social Workers and Police continue to take vulnerable children away from loving homes. They deprive children of their freedom and turn happy children into depressed children. In this video they took a child with learning difiiculties and druged the child, handing him back 7 months later a depressed and troubled child. The video shows a short programme on channel four news

      gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 15:57

      Paedophile ring hidden in the British Care System - an outline of case dealt with in Britain, also outlined the case in written form with documents at the website This video here is the beginning of the case, the court battle, the harrasment continued long after the child was returned.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-11-07 15:52

    In this wonderful world of brilliant people AND a new and fantastic president (whom the world is adoring) and exemplary technology why can't someone stop this? It's DISGRACEFUL! And, it's certainly not getting any better.

  • mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-11-07 16:14

    Atleast the government there cares enough to do something about it

  • piet.hannibol - 2012-11-07 16:35

    Wow, were do you guys go with 800 of 'em?

      gail.evans.9275 - 2012-11-07 16:51

      My concern exactly, and if the UK and the USA are anything to go by, and money is changing hands at some level, then up to NO GOOD! See my links above.

  • benita.debeer.58 - 2012-11-09 09:33

    If Gauteng can start cleaning schools from drugs and the dealing thereof, why can't the Western Cape start doing it too? And if WC is doing it, how are they doing it? We read and hear and see all the drug abuse and related crime, but that is all that is happening. What is the government and the police and the PARENTS doing to stop drugs from wrecking teh Western Cape????? I would like to get some kind of report on that. What are the schools doing to stop drugs? Are they doing unexpected drug tests at schools? Are parents teaching their children that drug use is illegal? Are parents even good examples for their kids? Write us a report on what the police, government and schools have done to stop drug abuse in 2012 in this province only. I will be waiting and it will be interesting reading.

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