Armed men kidnap orphans

SEVEN armed men gained access to TLC Children’s Home on Plot 136 Bronkhorstfontein, Eikenhof, on Wednesday, November 16, in a hijacked ambulance, kidnapping three children and then speeding off to Jacksonville Squatter Camp.

The security guard at TLC Children’s Home allowed the men onto the premises under the impression that they were medical personnel and there had been an emergency in the home. The armed men then ambushed the security guard. The driver of the ambulance was also tied up and thrown into the back of the ambulance after being hijacked.

The men then drove onto the premises where they kidnapped three orphaned boys and took them to the Jacksonville Squatter Camp. Here they beat the boys up while demanding to know where the home kept its money.

It has been reported that Mondeor SAPS officers rushed to the squatter camp where the gunmen shot at them. The suspects apparently fled, leaving the children and the ambulance behind. The ambulance driver later took the traumatised boys back to the home.

After hearing Thea Jarvis from TLC Ministries tell the tragic story on 947 on Thursday, November 17, it came to light that the men struck the home last week too and returned again the night before.


Thus far 947 has come on board to help TLC. Maxidor has also contacted the RECORD and is happy to come on board to assist in securing the home.

More information to follow as a reporter is currently interviewing TLC staff.

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Shernovia Reddy

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