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Dept says children rescued from Eldorado Park drug den in place of safety

It’s understood, the children between the ages of one month and nine-years-old were found by community members at the drug den.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development Department has denied claims that its officials have ignored a request to provide care for five children who were rescued from a drug den in Eldorado Park in southern Johannesburg.

It’s understood over the weekend, the children between the ages of one month and nine years old were found by community members at the drug den who then alerted authorities.

The department’s Mbangwa Xaba says a team has been assembled to meet with community members on Tuesday.

“Three of them have been reunited with their families. The other two because their parents seem to have had drug problems, social workers are still ascertaining. They are kept in a place of safety to ascertain the next plan of action.”

But at the same time, Eldorado Park's Drug Action Committee says they've been waiting for more than 72 hours for a social worker to help.

The committee's Dereleen James said: “Remove the kids and bring them to the safe house. But they have been here since Friday and no one has intervened. The parents should be locked up because they are on substances so a case should be opened against the parents for gross neglect.”