Durban - A Durban granny went to the high court on Friday to stop her drug-addicted daughter removing her grandchild from her care so that she could be adopted by a relative in Saudi Arabia.
The granny has until now been virtually the sole caregiver of the 15-month-old girl, but says recently “large amounts of money” have been deposited into a bank account in the toddler’s name which, she assumes, are for travel and passport costs for a proposed adoption by her own sister and her husband, who recently moved from Australia to Saudi Arabia.
Although the parents of the child indicated that they would oppose the application, they were not present in court when it was called before Acting Judge Guido Penzhorn.
Advocate Sian Clarence, acting for the grandmother, said that the couple had given her instructing attorney, Shaz Bartlett, a copy of what purported to be a parental rights and responsibilities agreement between them and the Saudi Arabian couple, but this had only been stamped by the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court and was not an order of the high court, as was required.
Judge Penzhorn granted an order declaring the grandmother a co-holder of parental rights and responsibilities and interdicting the biological parents from removing the child from her care or from concluding any adoption agreements.