Phoenix creche principal speaks out following allegations of abuse

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The principal of a creche in Phoenix north of Durban where a two-year-old boy was allegedly physically abused by his teacher has broken his silence.

Rubaganthy Chetty has denied the allegations.

She has confirmed that the child suffered abrasions to the head.

Chetty says the teacher has been suspended while investigations into the matter continue.

“There are no entry in the incident book and the parent of the child called into school on the afternoon complaining that his son had bruising on his nose. He requested to view the video footage.”

“We had no objection providing the parent with footage, but we do not give consent to him recording and circulating the video. I visited the child when he was taken to hospital for x-ray, I paid for the x ray and report. The report confirms that there was no broken bones,” explains the principal.

Gauteng caregiver found guilty of assault

In 2020, caregiver Nelly Senwametsi (42) was sentenced to 5 years behind bars by the Oberholzer Magistrates’ Court.

Senwametsi had been convicted on two counts of assault and one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

This after several videos went viral in April 2019 showing a childminder beating and slapping children, provoking public outrage and anger on social media – which led to the closure of the daycare by the government.

The video below is reporting on former Carletonville crèche employee conviction: