The Herald can confirm that a shocking case of child abuse took place approximately a week ago at a créche in Carletonville that is so horrific that not even the police nor those high up in the Department of Education could finish watching the video footage.
On Thursday, 4 April, videos on social media showed at least two children being abused verbally and physically. In one of the videos, a girl is asked why she had vomited and can be seen cleaning a table where she had apparently vomited – she is then suddenly slapped several times.
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The videos have since gone viral and sparked outrage in various communities.
Brigadier Mathapelo Pieters, Provincial Head of Communications for the Gauteng Police, has confirmed to the Herald that a woman has since been arrested for assault of a minor.
“I can confirm the incident at a creche in Carletonville and that a woman has been arrested on a charge of assault on a minor. She has already appeared in court and was released on bail. She will make her next appearance in court on 7 May.”
Even Pieters said the video was “hard to watch” and that they are continuing their investigation.
Screenshot from video
Lynne Cawood, Director of ChildLine Gauteng added, “Any form of physical violence against children is atrocious. These are little people who don’t have the mental and physical capability to stand up to the offender.
“For an Early Childhood Development centre or teacher or caregiver to betray the trust of the parents – at work and trying to earn a living while they think their kids are safe – is shocking.”
Cawood has since advised the Herald to approach the Department of Social Development as they have a specialised unit who can investigate the circumstances and have the power to close the school down.
She added, “If you are concerned about your children’s care, you can phone us and we will do our very best to escalate the matter to the Department of Social Development.”