Same sex couple lose children

2012-02-05 10:10

Port Elizabeth – An East London mother has told of the joy her children showed after they were reunited with her after two years.

Judith Pieterse’s two children, aged six and four, spent two years in foster care.

Police and social workers took the children from their foster parents, Daneall Lowe, 41, and Ivo Indiani, 36, after the couple ignored a court order stipulating that the children return to Pieterse.

The married couple hid away with the children for a week at the end of January to prevent police from taking them.

They claimed that Pieterse couldn’t take care of the children financially. Pieterse denied this.

Her legal representative told reporters: “Poverty is not a sin.”

The children’s father, Adrian Lowe, is the brother of Daneall.

He is estranged from Pieterse and they were never married.

He said he preferred his brother and Indiani looked after the children.

  • Sam - 2012-02-05 10:16

    Did you accidentally publish your draft?

      Jay - 2012-02-05 13:22

      I agree, looks like the author published her notes.............Too funny!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 10:21

    Terrible headline, the fact they are same sex has nothing to do with this story.

      Andre - 2012-02-05 11:10

      It has got everything to do with it whether you agree or not! It is not how it should be.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 12:10

      Andre you bigot

      Blink - 2012-02-05 12:44

      No Andre you poephol. It has nothing to do with the story.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 14:56

      Poverty may not be a sin but in order to have your kids taken away in SA you have to be a pretty bad parent.

      Andre - 2012-02-05 17:51

      My friend, you can call me anything you want. I know wonderful people who are "gay", and I don't judge the person. I am purely saying what the Scriptures say. Are you calling the Word of God bigotry?

  • Robin Dyers - 2012-02-05 10:24

    Poor headline. Badly written. News24?

      hugocoetzee.cpt - 2012-02-05 15:00

      Headline chosen in order to stir up all sorts of emotions AND to sell more newspapers!!

  • Thabani Mabuyakhulu - 2012-02-05 10:24

    But what is news about this?

  • Thebe Tau - 2012-02-05 10:30

    Dear Media please help yourselves against ANC media laws by not sensationalising headlines.

  • xozamandi - 2012-02-05 10:49

    it only shows that only woman can give birth and it intended that way, and can never be changed...

      brieuse - 2012-02-05 11:03

      You are one hundred percent correct that only women can give birth. Well done! I suspect the foster couple are two happily married women that perhaps got too attached to the children and had the children's best interests in heart. The biological mother should always get preference in cases involving children, unless of course harm could come to the children in any way. The lawyer is correct that poverty is not a sin but it is a typical red herring argument as it should not have a basis in this case.

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-05 15:05

      any animal can takes a PARENT to raise a child, you twat.

      Peter - 2012-02-05 15:53

      brieuse - from what I can gather it is a male homosexual couple, not female? Adrian said he preferred his "brother" and partner to look after the children.

  • rolfjurgenhansen - 2012-02-05 10:55

    Really? and the newsworth is??? And the heading (tabloid sensationalism -poor journalism taste M24!)?? Come on!

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-05 10:55

    W T F News24, pathetic article, poorly written, not edited and a disgrace to your N24 name !!

  • march54 - 2012-02-05 11:00

    Poorly written, sensationalised piece of journalism. The rights of the children have not been protected.

  • Jerry - 2012-02-05 11:02

    The question must be asked why were the children removed in the first place. But then again reading articles on news 24 just shows how poor the journalism is on this site AGAIN

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-05 12:25

    Andre , you are very correct. Same sex couples must not/never dream of having children other wise the almighty creator who is God himself might have to go back to His drawing board and find out why/how His creation has proved Him wrong. Wrong heading by the news room though.

  • gauchet1 - 2012-02-05 12:34

    Why would same sex people want to have children?

      brieuse - 2012-02-05 12:40

      Difficult to say. I guess each person has his or her own reasons.

      mbossenger - 2012-02-05 13:00

      Koekies - to molest and then eat them, of course! How stupid are you?

      gauchet1 - 2012-02-05 14:43

      Wonder what those reasons are or should this question not be asked?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-05 15:00

      I never knew gay meant child hater? WTF kind of stupid question are you asking.

      gauchet1 - 2012-02-05 15:16

      Are you guys saying that gays are child haters or molestors? Is that the reply to my question?

      mbossenger - 2012-02-05 15:41

      Congrats Koekies - you are now the most stupid person on the News24 site, against some pretty stiff competition.

  • Blink - 2012-02-05 12:41

    Marlene Malan what does the fact that they're a same sex couple have to do with the actual story??? What people forget is that news24 is just another business and they'll try and find the most controversial angle on a story to get more clicks. Pathetic!

      Pixie86 - 2012-02-05 13:58

      i was going to ask the same question. Thank you! The article could have easily been called 'couple lose children'. I don't get the same sex relevance. It doesn't even say if they lost the kids because they were a same sex couple!

  • march54 - 2012-02-05 13:33

    The constitution of South Africa gives equal rights to all. Would the bigots rather children be brought up in a home where there is verbal and/or physical abuse, be exposed to drug use, alcoholism than be looked after by 2 loving individuals who are of the same sex ? All children deserve to feel safe, loved they do not place a rider on by whom and probably do not care.

  • fanie.oosthuizen - 2012-02-05 14:42

    Every child has a right to loving parents as in a mother and or a father. But not every adult has the right to children especially if you are going to raise your children in a environment full of humanistic ideas and skewed believes. An extreme conservative law is the only answer.

      mbossenger - 2012-02-05 15:40

      "An extreme conservative law is the only answer" - then I would hate to see the question...

      Mark - 2012-02-05 16:13

      if being so narrow-minded that you can look through a keyhole with both eyes is the result of an extreme conservative upbringing, then my vote lies on the liberal side. both of my kids are well-adjusted, sensible, tolerant and "humanistic"

  • hwagner1960 - 2012-02-05 16:28

    Is this report a taste of what's coming once the Information Bill is fully applied?

  • Deon - 2012-02-05 17:18

    I have been following this story very closely. The reality is that the kids have not been "legitimately" returned to the mother. Daneall and Ivo handed the kids over to a house of safety - a neutral home where they were to remain until the legal arguments had been heard. This was on Thursday. In the early hours of Friday morning they were taken from this house of safety and flown to East London. So much for the neutral place of safety. Jungle justice I tell you.

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