Parents race to fetch children as creche abuse videos go viral

Parents of children enrolled at the crèche descended on the property on Thursday to fetch their children
Parents of children enrolled at the crèche descended on the property on Thursday to fetch their children
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

Police have confirmed that a Carltonville nursery school caregiver who was filmed assaulting at least three toddlers enrolled at the school has been arrested.

Warrant officer Peter Masooa said that the police would issue a statement providing more details later on Thursday.

Meanwhile‚ parents of children enrolled at the crèche descended on the property on Thursday - to fetch their children and demand answers.

A reporter at the crèche said at least five parents were seen leaving with their children within minutes of her arriving at the scene.

A parent who asked remain anonymous said he was shocked after seeing the videos circulating on social media.

"I am shocked and angry. This is one of the best crèches around. Kids of policemen‚ brigadiers‚ lawyers and teachers come here‚" he said outside the locked school gates.

He said that he would be removing his child from the school.

"It's an inconvenience because I had to skip work and now I must start looking around [for another crèche]‚" he said.

The school gates were closed with only parents being allowed onto the property.

A staff member came to address a crowd of reporters and members of the ANC gathered outside.

"I am not in a position to say anything or allow anyone inside - for the children's safety. I am not hiding anything‚" the staff member said.

ANC councillor for the Fochville area‚ Nkosinathi Salane‚ said action needed to be taken against the caregiver and the person who took the videos.

"This incident shows that these kids are not safe‚ these people are not equipped to take care of young children‚ it [the crèche] must be closed‚" he said.

At least three videos have gone viral on social media depicting what appear to be the same woman caregiver assaulting toddlers.

If the dialogue heard on the video is anything to go by‚ one of the toddlers was beaten for vomiting while another was beaten for not wanting to sleep.

The three videos show how the caregiver repeatedly smacked the children on the buttocks‚ slapped them over their heads with open hands‚ beat one on the head with a wooden scrubbing brush and grabbed them by the collars.

One of the children was seen being grabbed and thrown onto the carpet‚ where the caregiver is then seen putting her foot on the little boy's head.

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