The board of FreeMe faces criminal charges relating to the misappropriation of funds, animal abuse and neglect. The Friends of Free Wildlife believe that benefactors have the right to know.
Dear Benefactor of FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation NPC
We have become aware of an email you may have received from the Board of FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation describing our previous information email as“fraudulent or spam”.
There is nothing in this mail that is either, all the information you receive from Friends of Free Wildlife is truthful and transparent. Our database is compiled of friends and supporters who may not be aware of the dire situation at FreeMe and we feel duty bound to make sure you are well informed of what is happening.
FreeMe Wildlife NPC has historically been a community organisation. It was founded 18 years ago by a handful of dedicated VOLUNTEERS who had the best interest of our Urban Wildlife as their founding mandate.
The vision was to create a Volunteer Community Organisation that would Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release Urban Wildlife. This was achieved with an unblemished record to become a much loved centre for the public to bring injured wildlife and volunteer their services; a great success story for our community and its wildlife.
We regret to inform you that the incumbent board has taken over our Community Volunteer Organisation and sadly on 10th November 2015 the FreeMe operational permit was removed by the issuing authority GDARD (Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) and supported by the NSPCA. Quote: “The NSPCA was suddenly overwhelmed by concerns and unhappiness expressed by volunteers and staff regarding the day to day operational side of the centre, changes being implemented, care being provided or the lack thereof and the management of cases” NSPCA MEDIA STATEMENT 12th November 2015)
There are at present:
- Cases pending with the Department of Labour for unfair Labour Practices;
- We were referred by CIPC to the Companies Tribunal and after the Mediation Hearing on 8th and 9th March 2016 (a deadlock was reached), we have now being referred to the Companies Tribunal for Arbitration.
- A Functionary of GDARD (Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) has advised that no permit will be issued to either party until the dispute has been resolved.
- Further to this, some of the regular donors to FreeMe have laid Criminal charges of theft and misappropriation of funds to the amount of R53, 100.00, with the South African Police Services.
- Criminal charges for animal abuse and neglect, under the Animal Protection Act, have also been laid at the South African Police Services.
Most worrying is the fact that this board has already changed the FreeMe vision and has made it clear that the FreeMe we knew and loved is now ‘taking a new direction’ which no longer includes volunteers, outreach and education.
It is because of these latest developments, that we feel it is crucial to advise the public of the situation at FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation NPC.
Should you require more information on this, please feel free to contact:
Margi Brocklehurst: 082 561 3681 (Founder Member of FreeMe)
Wendy Brodie: 083 302 2181 (Founder Member of FreeMe)
Friends of Free Wildlife