School raises R1?700 for toddler

2013-02-28 00:00

THE plight of a mutilated toddler has touched the pupils at St Nicholas Diocesan School.

The Matatiele toddler has become the recipient of the takings for the school’s Valentine’s civvies day which raised R1 700.

Each pupil donated R5 on Valentine’s Day for the privilege of wearing civvies.

In May last year, eight months after the incident, The Witness reported how a suspect known to the family got his hands on the child by paying a relative R300.

The man butchered the little girl’s face allegedly for muthi purposes. As her screams alerted neighbours to the scene, he wrapped her in a blanket and set it alight.

The flames were doused, but not in time to spare the toddler’s face and left arm, which were badly burnt. Parts of her face were sliced off along with two fingers from her left hand, but she survived.

The case against the two men Siyabonga Khuzwayo (25) and Sadi Jabare (36) at Matatiele Magistrate’s Court was withdrawn as there was not enough evidence to prosecute them.

Amy Byloo, a Witness reader was deeply touched by the child’s story and made sure the toddler got the surgery she so badly needed.

The child underwent four hours of surgical reconstruction last month at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

Byloo spoke to the grades one to seven about the little girl before she accepted the donation.

She said the child was discharged from Albert Luthuli hospital on Friday and is due for a check-up in a month’s time.

“The operation was successful. For the first time since her attack she is now able to close her eyes.”

Byloo added that she and Sarah Becker were also running a raffle to raise funds for the toddler’s future.

Tickets can be bought from the Craik Spiers salon at the Liberty Midlands Mall for R50.

Byloo can be contacted on 073 946 3631.

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