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.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

HERE TO HELP: Po­lice spokes­woman Cap­tain Namhla Mdle­leni with the tod­dlers res­cued from a shack in Ko­mani

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