Brigades from #Notinmyname and Mabopane Gender Based Violence gathered at Thusanang Crèche in Soshanguve Extension 6, North of Pretoria on Monday morning, to demand answers and justice for an 8 months infant who died on Friday 22 April.
Kabelo Thaoga the Chairperson of #Notinmyname in Mabopane, Ga-rankuwa and Soshanguve said that a little boy called Keitumetse Buthelezi died at Thusanang Crèche, but his family got a call from the owner of the crèche Johanna Lebang at 15:30pm and the owner said that the deceased started to change at around 13:00. They believe that with the hourly differences between the call and incident she could have done something either walk to the house where the boy was staying since they’re front opposite neighbour’s and the uncle of the deceased is not working and tell him what is happening.
They visited the crèche to check if the environment is good enough to look after kids the environment they found is not good for kids to be there all the time because the blankets and the crèche in general are both dirty. Furthermore, they’re still waiting for a forensic report to justify what exactly happened to the child.
Johanna Lebang the crèche owner said that she called the grandmother of the deceased; she later called an ambulance and the Police. The ambulance came and checked the baby, once it left they waited for the mortuary to come. “I only gave him porridge to eat, and this incident is the first of its kind happening here”.
Esther Buthelezi (33) the mother of the deceased was heartbroken when she arrived at the crèche and asked the owner what happened, but she was told that she is disrespectful, and she could have taken her son to another crèche where he wouldn’t have died.