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23/01/2017: A call for witnesses against woman caught abusing infant
A 68 year old woman caught on camera physically abusing a toddler at an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Diepsloot was arrested and subsequently released due to insufficient evidence.

The woman, who is believed to be a childminder, was caught on video putting her hand over the frantically struggling infant’s face and violently shaking the baby who had gone limp.

I strongly urge all witnesses to come forward to strengthen the case and to ensure that justice is served.

The video has gone viral on social media and it is our communal and social responsibility to ensure that perpetrators of violence against vulnerable and defenceless children do not go unpunished.

This is not the kind of environment we envisage for ECD centres in our City. If we are going to solve the societal problem of child abuse and ensure that incidents like these are not replicated, we need society to stand up for justice and work with authorities to ensure that this incident is not swept under the carpet. I plead with the witnesses to come forward in order to strengthen evidence so as to ensure that justice prevails for this little baby.

The City of Joburg recently launched a partnership with the Hollard Foundation that seeks to provide training to ECD practitioners to ensure the provision of quality ECD services. This partnership will also accelerate the number of ECD centres in the City that meet legislative requirements in relation to environmental health, building and safety and control measures.

Under the initiative, 6 000 children will gain access to ECD programmes by June 2017. At least 400 ECD centres will be assisted to meet compliance standards, while 3 800 practitioners will be provided with requisite training through Hollard Trust’s Smart Start Programme.

We condemn, in the strongest terms possible, this act and urge parents to be vigilant when choosing ECD centres that will mind their children.

Should community members suspect illegal activity at any ECD centre in the City of Joburg, please contact the Head of the Early Childhood Development Unit in the City of Joburg, Mr Alan Grobler on 082 467 9578 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

By Dr Mpho Phalatse
MMC: Health and Social Development

For more information please contact:
Nonhlakanipho Nedzamba
Stakeholder Liaison Officer: Office of the MMC – Health and Social Development – Dr Mpho Phalatse
Cell: 072 596 9508
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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