‘Kids should bond fam­i­lies’

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On Au­gust 28 2015, two chil­dren were re­moved from their par­ents – Juan-Pierre Le-Corré (31) and Ni­cole North (27, pic­tured). The kids are five and two years old. Wild Wild Guardians’ rea­son was that the chil­dren were be­ing ne­glected and abused. The or­gan­i­sa­tion ar­rived with the po­lice, a doc­tor and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from an­other char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion called Hi Kids. Within an hour, the chil­dren were gone. Le-Corré de­nies be­ing in­volved in drug abuse. He said the older child had ac­ci­den­tally spilt a cup of tea on the younger one. “The boy was taken to the phar­macy around the cor­ner, given some treat­ment and we were ad­vised that it was un­nec­es­sary to go to the hospi­tal,” he said. Nev­er­the­less, the court placed both chil­dren with their ma­ter­nal grand­mother, Amelia Botha. On Septem­ber 1 2015, so­cial work­ers from the Springs Mag­is­trates’ Court re­ceived com­plaints from Botha’s neigh­bours that she had al­legedly been man­han­dling and swear­ing at the twoyear-old. Le-Corré dis­misses this as a lie. But on Septem­ber 3, the chil­dren were re­moved from their grand­mother’s care and placed in the care of fos­ter par­ents. Le-Corré ad­mits that North, who works as a packer at a nearby Spar, has a men­tal con­di­tion that forces her to see a psy­chol­o­gist once a week, but de­nies that the chil­dren were ever ne­glected. “I’m on my third job since the re­moval of my kids, be­cause I have to at­tend court fre­quently,” Le-Corré said. “Think­ing about this angers me be­cause ba­bies are meant to bond fam­i­lies. These re­movals are di­vid­ing fam­i­lies,” he said. Asked what he had to do to get his chil­dren back, LeCorré said the court told him to first get a proper place to live be­cause the sin­gle room that he lived in with North and the chil­dren was too small.

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