Crèche blames ‘disgruntled’ employee

2015-10-06 11:00

Pietermaritzburg - A disgruntled employee is ­believed to be behind the allegations that a crèche assistant locked ­children in a cupboard, the owners of the facility said on Monday.

The Witness has established that a case of child abuse is being ­investigated by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit in Pietermaritzburg.

Speaking to The Witness, the ­owners of the crèche, situated in an affluent Pietermaritzburg suburb, said they only heard of the incident when they read the newspaper at the weekend.

The Witness will not name the crèche to protect the identities of the children involved.

“We read the article and wondered which crèche it was, but we never thought it was ours because no such incident has ever occurred here. We fired an employee last Thursday, and we can only assume it is her making these allegations to get back at us,” said the owner.

The couple said they had been ­running the crèche for many years and had vast experience in taking care of children.

“We know our employees well and know that none of them would treat the children in that manner. It is an absolute shame that someone would go to such lengths to bring down ­another person who is trying, only ­because they were disgruntled,” said the owner.

The couple said the former ­employee, who was employed at the crèche for a year, had already received three warnings for using vulgar ­language in front of the children.

“This woman gave me a lot of hassles. She called me every name in the book and I had to let her go. Now I can only assume it is her making such serious accusations,” said the owner.

Police spokesperson Constable Mtokozisi Ngobese said on Friday that a case of “suffocation” was opened at the Alexandra police ­station after “a lady” alleged that children as young as two were being “stuffed into a cupboard for most of the day” while in the care of the crèche.

It was confirmed by the FCS unit yesterday that a case of child abuse is being investigated and that police are in the early stages of ­investigations.

The owners said that no police had been to their crèche by yesterday morning, and they would take legal action should it be confirmed that it is their crèche under investigation

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