PMB crèche not closed, despite boy’s drowning

2008-02-07 00:00

Crèche owner Julian Harry has denied reports that the crèche where a two-year-old boy drowned in an unsecured pool on Tuesday, has been shut down.

"No one came to tell us to close. We are traumatised and I think you should give us a break now," said Harry.

He would not say whether other parents are still sending their children to school following the death of Thando Mkhize.

The toddler’s body was found floating in the pool minutes after his care-givers discovered he was not with the rest of the class, who were in the play area.

Although construction was under way to secure the swimming pool area, The Witness reported that the crèche, Stepping Stones in Orient Heights, was not registered, nor did it meet municipality’s safety requirements.

Mondli Mkhize, the child’s father, said Thando was their only child and the family feels a big sense of loss.

His burial will take place tomorrow at Elandskop.

"It is really hard, especially when we have to relay the matter to new visitors who came in to show their support every time. That’s when sadness hits hardest."

He said Harry and his family visited them in their Copesville home to try console them and they were sincere. However, he said he was shocked that the crèche is not registered.

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