Police free toddlers from shack
THE parents of two toddlers who were allegedly locked up inside a Mlungisi shack for extended periods, have appeared in the Komani Magistrate’s Court.
The case was postponed with the couple to appear in court again on January 29. Both remain in custody.
SAPS spokeswoman Captain Namhla Mdleleni said police, acting on information from a taxi driver that the children – boys aged one and two – were being locked up in the shack near the Hewu taxi rank in Scanlen Street, visited the shack and found the children behind a burglar gate. The children, who were alone, were freed and taken to a place of safety.
“We had to break in to free the toddlers who we found dripping with sweat as it was hot and the shack is made of zinc.”
Police assisted in ensuring the children were fed and bathed and taken to the place of safety.
Members of the police arrested the father who worked at a local car wash, shortly afterwards.
Mdleleni said the mother of the children told police officers that they usually locked the children inside the shack while she and her boyfriend were out during the day to find food.
Police are investigating a case of child neglect.
HERE TO HELP: Police spokeswoman Captain Namhla Mdleleni with the toddlers rescued from a shack in Komani