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WC Social Development Dept to appeal ruling on baby’s death

The High Court in Cape Town recently ruled the department and the day-care centre are jointly to blame for five-month-old Ava Barley's death.

On Thursday 14 October 2010 baby Ava Rose Barley (5 months) died while in the care of a Pinelands daycare centre. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department plans to appeal a High Court ruling that found it responsible for the death of a baby at a Pinelands creche.

The High Court in Cape Town recently ruled the department and the daycare centre are jointly to blame for five-month-old Ava Barley's death seven years ago.

The department says that it has been advised by its attorneys to appeal Judge Daniel Dlodlo's ruling which he handed down earlier this month.

Dlodlo found that the owner of the daycare facility had made a registration application in 2008.

At the time of Barley's death, the centre had still not been registered.

Dlodlo ruled that the department's failure to do so contributed to the infant's death and therefore ordered it to pay damages to her parents.

In a separate matter, the department is investigating the death of 11-month-old baby Israel Williams.

The baby boy died at an unregistered daycare facility in Hangberg in Hout Bay last week.

Police have opened an investigation, but it remains unclear what caused the baby's death.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)