Couple held for child neglect

A 23-year-old SA woman and her 25-year-old Congolese partner have been arrested.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department on Wednesday welcomed the arrest of a Brooklyn couple.

A 23-year-old South African woman and her 25-year-old Congolese partner reportedly left their six-month-old baby locked up at home and went out drinking at the weekend.

Neighbours alerted police after hearing the infant cry continuously.

The pair was arrested on Monday.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says, "I'm so happy that both the mother and father have been arrested. We will assist the South African Police Service with the necessary documentation if needed."

He says the couple will be charged with child neglect.