First funds for Pippie ‘landed in mom’s account’

Johannesburg - Burn victim Pippie Kruger's mother, Anice, initially used her personal bank account for donations, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Pippie sustained third-degree burns when a firelighter gel is believed to have exploded in her father's hands on New Year's Eve in 2011. She was two years old at the time.

Anice Kruger reads to her daughter, Pippie. File picture: Cindy Waxa. Credit: Independent Newspapers

On January 10, the bank balance in Kruger's personal bank account was R359.91.

About three weeks later, on January 31, 2012, after donations started streaming in, her bank balance was R215 864.35.

This is according to documents in Beeld's possession, in which Kruger explains that she initially used her own bank account to run a non-profit organisation.

She said when she started receiving a lot of money, she started keeping receipts.

Last year, the Hawks said a probe was under way into claims that money was being misappropriated from Pippie Kruger's foundation, Pippie Se Gesiggie (Pippie's little face).

Kruger has denied the allegations.

In June 2012, Pippie underwent pioneering surgery in which her own cloned skin, grown in a US laboratory in Boston, was grafted onto her wounds.

Since then, the fund has also paid for the skin cultivation and transplant of Celiwe Maseko, 5, from Kagiso on Johannesburg's West Rand. - Sapa