A creche in the Alexandra township of Gauteng has been found operating illegally, after one of the now-suspended employees was accused of deliberately burning the legs of a toddler on punitive grounds.
A teacher of the young class is understood to have become enraged when the young victim soiled himself. They then used boiling water on the child’s body to clean him, leaving the boy in crippling pain and unable to walk properly.
Gauteng Department of Social Development spokesperson Feziwe Ndwayana finally broke the local government’s silence on the matter – more than two months after the case was initially reported. He spoke with Radio 702 host Bongani Bingwa on Thursday, explaining that the creche has now been shut ‘for the next five days’ while investigations continue
“A fully-fledged investigation is underway and the aim is to assess whether the ECD is in line with the norms and standards of the Children’s Act. The HOD is issuing a notice of closure and it will be closed within the next five days.“Feziwe Ndwayana
The case has haunting parallels to the abuse witnessed at a creche in Carletonville a couple of years ago. A former daycare teacher, who got caught on camera assaulting toddlers, was sentenced to five years behind bars. Nellie Senwametsi was convicted of two counts of common assault and one of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
In disturbing video clips that went viral on social media, Senwametsi struck one toddler numerous times on the head and forced the child to clean up after their own vomit. The Alexandra teacher, meanwhile, is now facing charges of ‘attempted murder’ – and will be subject to the full might of the law if found guilty.