Family still seeking answers after toddler drowns at illegal crèche

2016-04-06 13:52

Johannesburg - A grieving father has described the pain he felt when he went to pick up his son from day care, only to be told that "something had happened" to him.

"When I went to pick up my son after work, he was no longer there," Nkosinathi Ndlovi said following the death of his one-year-old son, Owami. 

The toddler was found floating in a half-full pool of dirty rain water.

"My son may have been floating on the water for more than a hour. If they only did their work, they would have noticed that he is not around. How do you not notice a missing 19-month-old child?" Ndlovu said, sounding emotional. 

"I blame the caregivers of the crèche, because they did not even notice that my son was gone. It will never bring back my son."

Little Owami was laid to rest on Wednesday at the West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg. 

Ndlovu said his family could heal and look for a way forward now that their son had been buried. 

The family still found it hard to believe what had happened.

"I am still looking for answers as to what happened to my son and why there was no one looking after him," he said.

The department has since shut down the Rose Day Care Centre in Bramley.

"Any child could have been killed by a multiplicity of things there; the place is hazardous. We have assembled a team to make sure that children are moved,"  said Gauteng Social Development spokesperson Mbangwa Xaba.

Officials urged parents do background checks before entrusting their children to any facility. 

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