The teacher who filmed the horrendous beatings of children at Carltonville crèche has been arrested and will appear beside her colleague in court.
On Tuesday, 30 April 2019, Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) expressed pleasure at the arrest of a Carltonville crèche teacher who allegedly filmed several videos of another teacher beating toddlers at their care. The crèche was in the news in March after videos of the teacher assaulting the toddlers went viral on social media.
Gauteng social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza visited and closed the crèche after three videos showing one of the educators assaulting children went viral. She said that although the facility had been registered in the 2015-2016 financial year, the registration was never renewed as required.
Miranda Jordan, the director of the organisation, appealed to the local community to join them on Friday, 3 May 2019, at Westfields Primary School in Carltonville to address their concerns regarding this case and work on finding justice for the abused children.
“The level of abuse that the viral videos of [the teacher’s] crimes depicted is staggering, and evident that as a society we need to engage together in seeking answers about going forward.
“Our organisation is pleased that the person who filmed these terrible violations against such young children from the Carletonville/Oberholzer community has also since been charged,” she said. “Drawing from more than 22 years of experience in the fight against child abuse, we are convinced that the number of victims in this case is under-reported, and we appeal to anyone with more information to come forward,” said Jordan.
The 40-year-old teacher who appeared in the videos allegedly assaulting the children was arrested on 26 March 2019 and appeared in court on charges of grievous bodily harm and attempted murder. She was granted R3 000 bail and her next appearance will be on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.
Jordan has expressed that the organisation would attend the court cases of both women in its pursuit of justice for the children.
“Women & Men Against Child Abuse will be present at the trials of both perpetrators to seek justice for these young children and will demand the harshest sentences possible for the unspeakable violence against children who could hardly talk yet were forced to suffer at their hands. No more!”