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Dept to take legal action against Sharpeville crèche after child (2) dies

Bohlale Mokoena's teachers say they had placed him in a cot for nap time and when they later tried to wake him for lunch they discovered he wasn’t breathing.

Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza at 2-year-old Bohlale Mokoena's home in Sharpeville. Next to the MEC is the child's mother, Mpho. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says her department will be taking legal action against a children's daycare centre in Sharpeville where a toddler died under suspicious circumstances.

Two-year-old Bohlale Mokoena died at the Little Sunshine crèche earlier this month.

Mayathula-Khoza visited his family on Wednesday.

Bohlale Mokoena's teachers say they had placed him in a cot for nap time and when they later tried to wake him for lunch they discovered he wasn’t breathing.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza says the Little Sunshine Crèche will be closed because it’s not registered to look after children.

“We are going to take action because it’s not a registered crèche.”

She says the facility doesn't even have a health compliance certificate.

“It doesn’t meet the requirements of local government, they don’t have a health certificate because they don’t comply. There are things that they need to have, the evacuation plan, the building plan.”

The MEC is once again urging parents to check with her office first before signing their children to crèches.

COUNSELING AND SUPPORT

Mayathula-Khoza has offered counselling to the Mokoena family.

Mayathula-Khoza says counselling will be offered to the teachers and friends of the child as well.

“So we really came here to show support. The mother is still very sad and she’s receiving counselling from her workplace. And we’ve offered as Social Development that if she needs more counselling for the family as a whole we are here. And not only for the family, even Bohlale’s friends as well.”

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