W Cape parents arrested for neglect

2013-08-01 22:25

Johannesburg - The parents of 3-year-old Olivia van Voeght have been arrested for child neglect, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana told Eyewitness News that Olivia's parents were arrested after they were taken in for questioning following her death.

She disappeared on Tuesday after her mother left her at home for two hours.

He said the arrests were made on suspicion of neglect. Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said he was saddened, and at the same time angered, by the discovery of Olivia's body.

"...saddened by her untimely and unnecessary death and angered by the fact that there now seems to be an alleged situation of child neglect," he said.

He said he learned that police had arrested the parents on allegations of child neglect. Fritz said he assigned social workers to the matter.

"Too often children fall prey to criminals in our society, because the very people who must love, care for and protect them, have abandoned their responsibilities," said Fritz.

He promised to investigate the full circumstances around her death and would co-operate with police and the department of justice to ensure that, if found guilty, the parents and perpetrators were brought to book.

"Let this be a lesson to all parents. The safety and protection of your child is firstly your responsibility and parents whose negligence places their children's lives in danger, will have to face the full force of the law," he said.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-08-02 00:04

    "Too often children fall prey to criminals in our society, because the very people who must love, care for and protect them, have abandoned their responsibilities". Too often parents have been prey to criminals and abandoned by their parents. So there is no change where it's needed - just new laws. Genetics is part of it, environment does the rest. The biggest crisis South Africa faces is in mental health. Violence, abuse, drugs, alcohol, murder. Welcome to the new Normal

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-08-02 07:34

      well said, the biggest crisis is indeed in our mental health. thats the single source of the many, many problems we have in our country. and we keep treating the symptoms

      Silenta Solly - 2013-08-02 14:19

      What could be soooo important that you would leave your 3year old child alone for 2hours??????? what do you suppose the child is doing alone for the 2 hours???? so people, smh

  • Isaiah Tshoenyana - 2013-08-02 06:00

    Looks like the death of baby Olivia brought your attention Mr Fritz...........

  • Tanya Kim Shaw - 2013-08-02 07:16

    This is so Sad - may you rest in peace....

  • Liezle Badenhorst - 2013-08-02 07:52

    My heart is broken for this little one. Same age as my son. All they want and need is love. :-(

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-08-02 08:21

    Its about time parents are held responsible for protecting their children. Now how about holding them responsible for providing for their children too - instead of expecting the taxpayers to pay for everything for them. Having said that - it shows how sick South Africa has become - that a child cant be left alone for a minute without becoming a victim to some sick predator.

  • Nosiphiwo Matsalo - 2013-08-02 09:46

    this is sad .Hope God will never bless them with children again

  • Erney Breytenbach - 2013-08-02 10:17

    Any man or women who are found guilty in a court of law of sexual abuse and or gross neglect of children should automatically be castrated. Society have to help these people by castrating them, because they are incapable of loving and caring for children and are mentally disfunctional. This is not ever going to change as a person who can not care and love children are not capable to learn these emmotions. We as society have to protect children against abuse and neglect by castrating the offenders and stop them from reproducing.

  • Hemlock - 2013-08-02 10:30

    RIP little one. These parents and others like them should be sterilized so they can never do this again!

  • Andrew Goodall - 2013-08-02 11:10

    I cannot understand why there are not more severe laws for adults who abuse children, not only in South Africa but worldwide, It is ultimately the responsibility of the strong to protect the weak, and children are obviously weaker and more vulnerable, I am really tired of seeing all the abuses against children and the token sentences adults receive for their abuses.

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