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Desperate appeal for aid for poisoned babies

2013-11-12 12:35

Pretoria - An NGO has made a desperate appeal for aid for 20 babies who were removed from a Pretoria orphanage where they were allegedly poisoned.

It was reported on Sunday that a woman at the Malerato Centre for Hope was arrested on suspicion of trying to poison the little ones.

Orphanage principal Johanna Mashapa told the Sunday Times the woman had apparently given the children a powder with their lunch after a dispute with the management.

"We were so worried. They were vomiting and crying. They had runny stomachs and were so sick," she said.

The centre was subsequently closed down by police and the social development department and the children were moved to SOS Children’s Villages in Mamelodi.

“Since they do not have any babies in the village it has placed them in a rather desperate situation,” the village said.

SOS said any supplies would be welcome but it urgently needs:

  • Bottles
  • Formula
  • Porridge
  • Toiletries (Baby soap, Baby oil; Vaseline, bum creams; bath soap; shampoo, lotions)
  • Wet wipes, Nappies
  • Medicines (Panado; Calpol; pediatric probiflora)
  • Baby Clothes
  • Other items that may be useful to care for babies.

For further questions, SOS Village’s corporate fund developer in Mamelodi, Lisa Tom, can be contacted on 0788586048.

Comments
  • Goonygugu - 2013-11-12 12:44

    I hope that they arrested the thing (she's not fit to be called a person) that did this to the defenceless little babies.

      SunshinyDay - 2013-11-12 14:55

      Shame on you Michael. Why must innocent children suffer (because if they died, their deaths would have been painful) because of a complete lack of adult responsibility and accountability? It's bad enough that they do it to animals.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2013-11-12 15:02

      Michael, you are truly a disgrace to whoever popped you out. May YOU die before YOU replicate. Pig.

      JohnnyBetter - 2013-11-12 15:12

      Michael, I am sure I speak on behalf of all: You are an ass. Sick fckr

      MikeyHarky - 2013-11-12 15:26

      Why don't all you 'mothers' who disagree with me donate your hard earned money to this lot. Better still adopt them. Put your money where your mouths are

  • Punungwe - 2013-11-12 12:45

    Sick mind. How can one poison babies over a dispute with management?

      Johanna Mapula - 2013-11-12 12:59

      Agree with you.

      JohnnyBetter - 2013-11-12 15:08

      I see my comment from earlier was deleted ok, then, I will not stomp on the fabulous person's stomach and I will NOT kick her in the face if she makes a sound...

  • June Francis - 2013-11-12 12:45

    I wonder what those poor kids could have done to this disgruntled employee. Some people are so caught up in their own fight for justice that the become blind to the injustice that they do to others. SA has some sick people living here.

  • Johanna Mapula - 2013-11-12 12:57

    How can this woman act so foolishly after angered by the management? These babies are so, so, so innocent. I wish the court could give her a lesson of her lifetime. How can she????

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-11-12 13:01

    Mandela Childrens Fund? Millions there of which can surely better the lives of the poor babies. I think he will be so happy to donate and maybe we are lucky and see him posing for a photo.

  • Tebogo Lekala - 2013-11-12 13:03

    I wonder if it has kids of its own note: "IT" in reference to her

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-12 13:05

    The money the ANC got from the lottery to publish its book could have come in handy here. Please help if you are near.

  • Sigele Chomba - 2013-11-12 13:16

    I am shocked. How can this woman act so foolishly after angered by the management?

  • Eugene Fourie - 2013-11-12 13:34

    She should have been taken to a secluded spot and shot on site...

      Paige Turner - 2013-11-12 13:46

      No, just give her heaps of the powder or whatever she gave to the babies ... let her suffer with tummy ache too.

  • Gaby Hide - 2013-11-12 14:02

    Banking details according to the sms I got back from Lisa: Fund Development Unit SOS South Africa. Nedbank Randburg branch code 198405. Account number 198 456 3068.

      Reine Marais - 2013-11-12 15:28

      There are existing and well supported channels for child care that need to be explored by Fund Development Unit SOS South Africa.

  • Fernel Campher - 2013-11-12 14:16

    Please reserve the comments..... rather focus on getting the kids some supplies.... I sent money to their account and ref poisoned babies.

  • Louise Van Heerden - 2013-11-13 10:14

    I have met the house mother and visited the home (as the organisation I work for donates food and gifts to them regularly) and I can assure you that she has a heart of gold. She has been taking in abandoned children for years and loving them as though they are her own. So sad that one disgruntled worker could cause all her children to be removed from her in an instant.

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