Gauteng Social Development MEC Thuliswa Khawe said she was angered with alleged reports of abuse at Myne Maatjies, an early childhood development centre in Randfontein.
This is after a CCTV footage reportedly taken at the crèche showing staff allegedly beating and threatening children at the centre emerges.
Khawe said she was shocked after watching a social media post where a teacher appeared to be beating children with a broom.
“Let me state this categorically, we condemn such cruelty against children. This is saddening because it cannot be justified.”
It was reported that the three arrested staff members were expected to appear in the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of assault.
While parents had earlier in the day went to the police station to open a case after the videos of children allegedly being beaten, chased and jostled had surfaced.
“Let me add my voice to that of law enforcement and call upon anyone who may have any information about this incident to come forward. We cannot condone such actions,” Khawe said.
The owner of the centre said she had not heard of any alleged abuse but promised to take further steps including dismissals of the accused staff members.
Parents said they were removing their children from the centre while Khawe promised to visit the affected children and deploy a team of social workers to assess the support needed or needs that the government could assist with.
Following the videos on social media parents raised concern and outrage towards what they saw.
“I am sitting here in tears. This is my biggest fear for my own kids or even someone else’s,” said one parent.
Another said: “Goeie genade!! Maak die plek toe!! [Goodness gracious, close the place down].”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.