The Pretoria community has been hit by child abuse claims after a video footage of young children being handled by teachers went viral.
The videos show the owner of Darwin’s Educational Playground Aftercare nursery in Tuine in Pretoria and one of his daughters handling children in class.
Jaco Koster Attorneys representing the teachers, Lizelle Zimmermann and Lucinda Correia, and owner Anna Correia said they did not comment.
Nursery employee Tiffany Mostert said she wanted to record more videos of children being abused. Mostert said she worked in the nursery for more than a year.
“At first I did not see anyone beating the children, because they had never done it in front of me. They nodded that they were being taken to another class to eat. I never decided they were hitting the kids, ”she said.
“The first time I saw it happen was last November. I went to the bathroom when I saw one of them hitting a baby. When I asked him about it, she said that the mother of the child said that it was okay to give the child a secret if he refused to eat, ”she said.
Mostert said no mother would be allowed for that blow. She warned the first parent, who removed their child shortly after the incident. “I realized I needed evidence because the school did not have cameras,” she said.
After Mostert made the first video last year, she went to the local police station to report the story, where she allegedly turned away because the child being abused was not her own.
Mostert said she continued to work at the nursery because she could protect the children.
At the beginning of the year, Mostert showed a video of a parent of his child being abused but nothing happened.
Mostert resigned in March this year, as she was no longer able to work there. A police spokesman, Colonel Dimakatso Sello, said a common assault case had been opened for further investigation.
Democratic Alliance Gauteng shadow MEC for education Khume Ramulifho said the incident was regrettable as the Early Childhood DevelopmentThe mandate (ECD) was to prepare children for the future.
“It simply came to our notice then. The primary education program has been out of social development since April 1st. We believe they will align to ensure that all ECDs are registered and operate within set regulations, ”he said.
Community activist Gert Jonker said Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi must ensure compliance, including municipal bylaws and vetting and training of ECD practitioners.
Jonker also said ECD center owners need to make sure their staff is getting support to deal with the stresses of working with children.
“ECD centers must also be equipped with closed circuit television cameras to protect children and parents and deter them from manufacturers,” he said.
Dr Shaheda Omar, chief executive of the Teddy Bear Foundation for Child Abuse, said it was a criminal offense to fail to report abuse.
“Under the Children Act, there was a legal obligation to report abuse,” Omar said. She said school abuse happens across the spectrum.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is both physical and emotional abuse. We think that sexual abuse is also common, ”she said. Omar said it was clear the teacher intended to harm the child in the video.
“Your police officer in the prosecution office is not able to deal with these cases and often does not know how to deal with them,” she said.
Omar said the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Unit was the right law enforcement agency to report abuse to her.
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