18 September 2017 Read: 2600
A 53-year old owner of a day care centre in Phalaborwa is facing a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm after she allegedly assaulted a 3-year old boy. Elize Janse van Rensburg was reportedly confronted by a parent of one of the children allegedly attending her day care, ‘Tjiff en Tjaff’ on Friday afternoon.
It is alleged that the mother of the young boy investigated her son’s complaints about not wanting to stay at the school. It is then that she reportedly discovered bruises and red marks over his body including his bum. She allegedly confronted Janse van Rensburg who was subsequently arrested that same afternoon and charged with assault GBH.
On Monday morning she appeared in the Phalaborwa Magistrate’s court before Magistrate Thulisile Mthethwa. Attorney Chris Kohler represented Janse van Rensburg. Members of the Ba-Phalaborwa Victim Empowerment Programme were in attendance during the proceedings to offer support to the young victim and his mother.
The case was postponed to Tuesday as the state prosecutor, Michael Moretsele, called for witness testimony from social worker Lawrence Shiburi. In court Shiburi claimed that the day care had not been registered with the Department of Social Services as was required by law. Following an emotional day of cross examining and arguments, the case was again postponed to Wednesday.
The defendant was granted R7 000 bail and released on condition that she surrender her passport and not leave Phalaborwa without consent until her next court appearance on the 21st of November this year. Magistrate Mthethwa said that Janse van Rensburg was not a flight risk despite the prosecution’s arguments to have her bail denied.
In the meantime it is reported that Tjiff en Tjaff Day Care centre has been closed indefinitely and that the remaining children at the centre had already been adequately relocated. This story has led to a call by the department of social services to all parents to ensure that they check the documentation of any day care centre to ensure that it has been registered as an Early Childhood Development centre (ECD). It is for the safety of your children.
Bulletin attempted to contact Janse van Rensburg on her private phone, but we were unable to make contact.