WATCH: Daycare worker sentenced after being caught on video hitting half-naked toddler

A 50-year-old daycare worker was found guilty of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm after she was caught viciously hitting a half-naked toddler at a daycare center in Potchefstroom.

THE VIDEO WAS SHARED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Police spokesperson Captain Sam Tselanyane said the woman, Noria Ziburawa, was also found guilty of being illegal in the country.

“This sentence came after police received information about a video trending on social media at the beginning of January 2022. In the footage, Ziburawa is seen assaulting a half-naked toddler.

“On Thursday, 13 January 2022, the information was operationalised, leading investigators to Potchefstroom Central Business District (CBD), where Ziburawa was located in a building in Walter Sisulu Street,” Tselanyane said.

POLICE ARRESTED THE WOMAN EARLIER THIS MONTH

He furthermore explained that police also found 32 children in the care of Ziburawa, including the toddler that was seen assaulted on the video.

All stakeholders, including Social Welfare, were summoned to the scene. Consequently, Ziburawa was immediately arrested and appeared before the court for the first time on Friday, 14 January 2022.

HERE IS MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SENTENCE:

Tselanyane said she pleaded guilty on both charges and was sentenced as follows:

Count 1: Assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) – R3000.00 fine or 18 months imprisonment, suspended for 5 years on condition that she is not convicted of a similar charge during the period of suspension.
Count 2: Illegal Immigrant – R800.00 fine or 6 months imprisonment of which half of the sentence is suspended for 3 years on condition that she is not convicted of a similar charge during the period of suspension.

Lieutenant General Sello Kwena lauded the Investigating Officer, Sergeant Jacob Ranoko from the Potchefstroom Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, for a job well done.

Tselanyane said Ziburawa is still in police custody and the deportation process is underway.

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