Children’s Home donations despoiled by alleged druggies

Mr Peter Buys, who owns a business in Klipfontein on the corner of Rosemead and Ryan Streets, received a call from his security company, CSC Tactical, informing him that his commercial premises had been plundered.

On Sunday, September 9 at about 18:40, two young men reportedly gained access to Mr Buys’s business premises by bashing-in the glass window at the front of the building.


One of the suspects caught on CCTV camera rummaging through an empty till

Shattering the glass immediately set off the alarm, which notified his security company of the breach.

The suspects, startled by the screeching of the security system, quickly realised that no cash was kept in the tills on Mr Buys’s premises, and that they would not be able to get their loot from this source.

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Out of what can only be imagined to be frustration, the two men allegedly started throwing tills and various other items across the building’s floor.

Eventually the two crazed suspects reportedly stole the Children’s Home donation tins that stood next to the check-out area at the tills.


The two male suspects soon realised that the tills were empty, and opted to steal the New Life Children’s Home donation tills.

“The only reason we can imagine anyone might steal money meant for orphans and children out of abusive and neglectful homes, is that perhaps they are addicted to drugs and need the cash for their next “fix”. Why else would anyone want to steal coins which were destined to help feed the most vulnerable people in our society?” Mr Buys said, “It’s sad – we are obviously upset about the break-in, but we are more upset that these two men felt they needed to resort to stealing donation tins to feed their habit. It’s upsetting because the children wont be getting the money meant for them, but it’s also disturbing that there are individuals living in eMalahleni that are so dependant on their next “fix” that they’d be willing to do something like this.”

Members of the public are urged to approach Witbank Police if they have any information pertaining to the suspects or the theft itself.

If you or someone you know, is suffering from drug addiction, please contact Sanca at 013 656 2371 or visit their premises at 24 Jellicoe Street.


The business premises itself was damaged by the suspects’ various attempts to gain access to the building.

Should you wish to rather follow the Narcotics Anonymous meetings route, please attend the aforementioned meetings held at 1 Louise Street at the Methodist Church at 18:30 to 19:30 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Do not be the next person to rob a hungry child just because you need to get high.

  AUTHOR
Aimee-Lee Verster

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