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Diepsloot caretaker charged with child abuse expected in court

A video emerged showing how the caretaker at a day-care in Johannesburg abused the baby boy, shaking him to stop him from crying.

A screengrab of a woman allegedly abusing a baby.

JOHANNESBURG – A 68-year-old Diepsloot woman is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning after she allegedly abused an eight-month-old baby.

A video emerged showing how the caretaker at a day-care in Johannesburg abused the baby boy, shaking him to stop him from crying.

WARNING: This video contains scene that some viewers may find disturbing

Community members say they'll protest outside the court as the woman makes her first appearance.

The Diepsloot Early Childhood Development Forum says the baby's mother was last seen leaving the crèche in tears and hasn’t been spotted in the community since.

The forum's Abram Kgari says,“Though we suspect that they are protecting her, she just does not want to be seen or questioned about it.”

The police are in possession of the two-minute video which shows how the elderly woman covered the baby's face while he battled to breath.

Kgari says it’s not the first time a parent has complained about child abuse at the Johannesburg crèche.

“We are told that this woman, for the past two years it has been happening and social workers are aware of this.”

Authorities are investigating whether more children were abused at the daycare centre.

(Edited by Neo Koza)

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