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KZN woman due in court after beating, attempting to strangle minor

Video footage has emerged of the woman tying the boy to a pole & beating him with a stick & sjambok.

A screengrab of a KZN woman tying a boy accused of stealing a cellphone to a pole and beating him with a stick and a sjambok.

JOHANNESBURG - A KwaZulu-Natal woman is due to appear in court soon after a video emerged of her assaulting a nine-year-old boy for allegedly stealing a cellphone.

The woman was arrested last week when the video surfaced, where she is also seen threatening a resident who tries to stop the assault.

In the video, the woman is seen tying the boy to a pole and beating him with a stick and a sjambok.

The KwaZulu-Natal Social Development Department's Ncumisa Fandesi says "Such attacks on children are out of order and will not be tolerated. No reason should drive anyone to do what was done to the child in the video."

Fandesi says the woman also tried to strangle the boy using her full body weight, as he screamed for help.

"Social workers in Nquthu received information that a woman had badly beaten a boy and they responded. When they got to the area, they were shown a video."

She says this is not the first time a child has been assaulted by Nquthu residents after being accused of stealing.

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