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Delft children placed in 'safe care' after mom’s drinking spree

The woman was arrested after visiting the local police station to enquire about the children.

FILE: Police say neighbours reported the mother had gone on a drinking spree. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three young Delft children have been placed in safe care after they were left home alone for nearly a week.

Their 35-year-old mother has since been arrested.

She's been charged with child neglect and abandonment.

Concerned neighbours earlier this week alerted police to the siblings who were left alone at home to fend for themselves for four days.

The children are one, three and nine-years-old.

Police say neighbours reported the mother had gone on a drinking spree.

She returned home four days later to find her children were missing.

The woman was then arrested after visiting the local police station to enquire about the children's whereabouts.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said, "We have placed them in a place of safety."

Fritz has thanked the Thubelisha community for reporting the incident to police.

Meanwhile, child rights group Molo Songololo says it is concerned about allegations that she left three young children unattended for nearly a week.

Molo Songololo's Chantal Chandler-Lesch says they are worried about the children's well-being.

"It's a very serious matter. We focus a lot on the protection and the rights of children. So when it comes to these kind of things we [want] to make sure the children are safe, protected and cared for."

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