Cape Town – Police are reportedly investigating two cases of assault after videos showing teachers at a crèche in Pretoria surfaced.
Camera footage showed toddlers being manhandled and beaten by teachers.
A local community newspaper, Pretoria Rekord, said Darwin’s Educational Playground Aftercare crèche was owned by two sisters, Lizelle Guida Zimmermann and Lucinda Correia, who also taught at the school.
Their mother, Anna Peyper Correia, was also involved as a teacher, the report said.
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The Citizen reported that the videos were apparently captured by another teacher, Tiffany Mostert, who was appalled at what was happening at the crèche.
She had since resigned after she could not bear to witnesses the abuse of the toddlers at the crèche.
“I told the mother that she needed to know that her child was being beaten,” she said.
She claimed that Lizelle and her mother, Anna, had done the beating.
“Emotionally, this had taken a toll on me. I just couldn’t sleep anymore, knowing that nothing was being done to stop them.
“I grew up in an abusive house and felt that I did not do enough to help my siblings. These incidents triggered me, and I know that I can help these children by revealing these videos,” she was reported as saying.
Police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe confirmed that two cases of assault had been opened and were being investigated, reports said.
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