Cape Town – Children have been removed from the premises of an unregistered crèche in Seawinds, Muizenberg, where dagga was apparently stored and sold, Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said on Wednesday.
Police seized dagga with an estimated street value of R25 000 at the house on Saturday after receiving a tip-off.
Dagga parcels, "bankies" and "sticks" were found under the built-in cupboards in the kitchen.
The owner of the house was subsequently arrested and charged with dealing in drugs.
It is believed the crèche rented space from the owner.
A team of social workers from Fritz's department was sent out on the same day to investigate.
Children placed in neighbouring facilities
His spokesperson, Sihle Ngobese, said they found the state of the unregistered early childhood development centre to be very poor, and not compliant with the Children's Act.
A total of 21 children were immediately placed in neighbouring facilities.
Fritz welcomed the arrest, saying the department had a zero-tolerance approach to such incidents.
The department would act on the owner of the crèche after the facts had been established and the police investigation was concluded.
Fritz urged the public to report unregistered facilities, child neglect and abuse to the department's hotline on 0800 220 250.