We’re not ‘child minders’, police tell beachgoers

2011-12-28 00:00

THE beachfront "child minders" have had their work cut out for them in Durban and police have warned parents that “they are not a crèche facility”.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said there had been cases of parents “neglecting their children” and and leaving them “to the duty of officials” on the beach.

Police beefed up their presence on the beaches, but Mdunge said the festive period had been mostly “fuss free”.

“This issue of irresponsible parents is particularly concerning, and while there were no children reported lost, the ‘child minders’ facility had their work cut out for them.”

He said children were being brought to the tent by strangers and left there because their parents could be found and the parents would fetch them hours later.

“Many of them seem very casual and simply pick their children up, who are hungry and crying, and go back to having a good time,” he said.

One of the officials tasked with taking care of the children at Durban’s South Beach said she couldn’t understand how parents could be so negligent.

“There was one child, at least five years old, who we kept with us for almost six hours before her father, who appeared drunk, came to retrieve her,” she said.

The man was not allowed to take the child and police have followed up on the matter.

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