Reverend Gerhard Botha‚ chief executive of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Social Services‚ which oversees Morester‚ told TimesLIVE on Wednesday that they were kept in the dark about the allegations of abuse.
He said social workers informed them at the last minute of the impending removal of the children last week but the department had not‚ prior to the removal‚ engaged Morester about the allegations of abuse or racism.
"We are forced to go to court‚ because our priority is about the safety of the children. The allegations and investigation must be done‚ but the children have been traumatised by their forced removal."
Botha said they were willing to co-operate fully with an investigation into the allegations‚ and this could have been done without the "dramatic and traumatic" removal of the children.
"We are concerned that the children are scattered all over the place and some have been told‚ we hear‚ that they won't be returning to the home."
He said the papers had been filed and the department had been notified.
KwaZulu-Natal department of social development spokesperson Ncumisa Ndelu confirmed the department received notice of the motion.
Source: TMG Digital.