Moment of silence for battered baby

2010-04-24 07:49

Childline Gauteng has requested that all South Africans have a minute’s silence with their families to commemorate all the child victims of crime in South Africa.

Lynne Cawood, the director, said Childline Gauteng wished to extend its sympathy to the family of the one-year-old baby rushed to hospital earlier this week after she had been beaten unconscious during a robbery.

The perpetrators allegedly broke into the Robin Hills, Randburg, home on Thursday and beat the girl. She was with the family’s care-giver, Francina Sekhu, who was found tied up in the house, and also injured.

The child and the caregiver are in hospital after the child’s mother, identified by Beeld newspaper as Madelein Kruger, ran out of her house screaming on arriving home from work, carrying her daughter.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane’s spokesperson, Dumisani Zulu, said that the premier was devastated by the news of the attack.

Zulu said: “She has interacted with police and impressed on them that they need to prioritise it to ensure that those perpetrators are brought to book as soon as possible.”

Cawood said that we needed to pray for peace for our children: “Every single person needs to urgently return our country to living with awareness of Ubuntu every single moment of every day, within themselves. One child injured in this manner is too many.”


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