A case of ill-treatment took place at Crossmoor, KwaZulu-Natal.
A poor 2-year-old baby girl was locked in the house while her mother was drinking with her friends. The child spent over three days alone with no food or basic hygiene.
A community member Vikelo Masebensa was concerned about the incessant baby crying in the neighborhood then he opened the house, took the child and looked after her.
“I was notified of a situation in Road 1104, Crossmoor, where a mother had reportedly left her two-year-old child unattended for over a day and had gone out drinking. According to irate members of the community, it was common for the mother to leave her child locked in her home from Friday and only return to the home on Monday. The child would be locked without any food or attention,” Vikelo Masebenza said.
Assisted by Chatsworth SAPS, the Victim Friendly Centre, chairman of the Chatsworth CPF, Jakes Singh and Clive Pillay from the Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre, the child was removed from the home and care of her mother and placed in a safe one until social workers are able to conduct a full assessment.