Orphans Kidnapped: 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 stationed at the 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 that they needed to help with. 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 then fled the scene leaving the orphans behind. 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. 947 has come on board to help TLC and make it more secure. Further investigations are still underway. TLC is headed by founder, Thea Jarvis, and Managing Director, Pippa Jarvis. They are supported by the Director of Operations and Finance, Vivienne Gruneberg. Pippa, our MD, is expertly backed up by the following departments: Children’s Home Manager, Joanna Jones; Communications Manager, Faith Abrahams; Farm Manager, Rhys Jarvis; Facilities Manager, Lionel Abrahams and Admin and Housekeeping Manager, Jade Freedman. This dedicated team, assisted by a host of loyal and committed caregivers, work tirelessly to keep TLC running, even through tough times.