A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who was found chained and locked up with chickens by his foster mother has been removed to a place of safety.
The child was found by neighbours who alerted the police at Osizweni township in Newcastle, northern KwaZulu-Natal, last Thursday.
He had been chained by his 72-year-old foster mother Joslina Dubazane. Police said the child was adopted by Dubazane a few years ago.
The child had gone without food and water for hours before he was rescued.
Neighbours heard him crying and alerted police who then arrested Dubazane.
The child was removed to Madadeni Hospital by social workers while Dubazane spent the night in police cells on Thursday.
She appeared in Madadeni magistrate's court on Friday and was charged with child abuse and received free bail. She is expected back in court on March 5.
Police spokesperson Shooz Magudulela said social workers have removed the child to a place of safety. "He was found chained. Police are investigating a case of ill-treatment of a child."
The ANC in the province yesterday instructed MEC for Social Development Meshack Radebe to attend to this case.