Gauteng Social Development closes down Carletonville crèche, teacher in custody

The Carletonville crèche in Gauteng was reportedly shut down after a case of a teacher’s assault on 2-year-old pupil was made public by a Twitter user.

The shutting down of the crèche where the worker was filmed assaulting three children was approved by the Gauteng Education Department, according to the Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza’s statement.

On the video that went viral on social media, the teacher was forcing her young pupil to clean up her own vomit. Instead of calling an ambulance or providing necessary medical assistance, the teacher smacked the little girl on her buttocks. She then went on to slapping the child on the head.

“This is unacceptable; we condemn it. We as social development have decided to close the school down. The principal will be issued with a letter of enforcement to close the crèche down,” Mayathula-Khoza said.

Brigadier Mathapelo Peters of the Gauteng Provincial head office confirmed that the police had arrested the suspect linked to the video clip depicting the assault at the nursery school.

“Police can confirm that a 40-year-old woman was arrested a week ago and subsequently appeared on the 28 March 2019 in the Oberholzer Court in Carletonville, on a charge of assaulting a minor,” Peters said.

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