‘They took away my only joy’
‘I smoke dagga, but don’t abuse it’
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Wild Wild Guardians swooped Sandra Bester’s house, accompanied by two social workers and two police officers, and took away her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter on November 11 2015.
Bester (36) said that she had allegedly been seen begging for money at a children’s park in Geduld suburb in Springs. She admits that she smoked dagga, but did not abuse it.
“When they came to my house, it had not been cleaned yet and they found marijuana. However, no charge was laid against me for that,” she said, holding back the tears.
“I was accused of begging at the park when I was, in fact, taking my child out to play,” Bester said. The process to remove her child, she said, took less than an hour.
Bester said she saw no reason her baby had to be taken away, even though she is unemployed.
“I tried to get her back. A magistrate said I could only get my child on two conditions: getting my own apartment and testing negative for cannabis,” Bester said.
“But, to date, no drug tests have been done to see whether I am clean or not – which I am and have been since I lost my baby girl,” she said.
Dirk van Eeden (36) was visiting a friend in Geduld with his baby and its mother, Thalita Louw (24), on October 8 2016. It turned out he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Harber’s Wild Wild Guardians allegedly arrived looking for another child, but turned their attention on Van Eeden’s infant son.
Van Eeden claims that he and his now ex-partner were never taken to the Springs Magistrates’ Court. Wild Wild Guardians allegedly took their son and left.
“My girlfriend and I were questioned and I admitted to using cannabis, while my girlfriend admitted to using other drugs,” Van Eeden said.
The couple was also not employed at the time. Van Eeden said no drug tests were conducted. They have not seen their child since. None of their relatives, he said, was contacted to ascertain if they could help. “They did not offer us any rehabilitation.” According to Van Eeden, his child was placed in the custody of a questionable family – the “mother of a drug dealer’s wife”.
He said the removal of their child led to the breakdown of his relationship with Louw and they separated.
“They took away my joy. I have been robbed of the opportunity to love my son”, Van Eeden said, crying.
Sandra Bester had her child taken away by Wild Wild Guardians