Eyewitness News (EWN) has learned that the woman who took videos showing a female teacher apparently assaulting children at a nursery school in Carletonville allegedly tried to extort money from the principal.
A series of videos captured over a year ago were circulated on social media this week.
According to EWN Reporter Robinson Nqola the principal says the woman approached her with the videos in an attempt to blackmail her into giving her money and threatened to distribute the footage. .
The teacher has since been released on bail.
The videos were captured as far as over a year ago and the principal says it only came to her attention a week ago, during a situation where she says a former teacher who captured that video came to her, trying to blackmail into giving her money or else she would take that video to the public. She refused to give the money and that is why the video has been circulated.— Robinson Nqola, Reporter - EWN
She says during that period she was never made aware of those incidents happening at the school. The person who took that video is someone who was fired at the school, it relates to a particular misconduct that they refuse to disclose.— Robinson Nqola, Reporter - EWN
A case has been opened against the woman who took the video.
It is not yet clear whether she has been arrested or not.— Robinson Nqola, Reporter - EWN
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Meanwhile Gauteng social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza has visited the nursery school .
She says she has discovered that the crèche which takes care of 15 children is in fact illegal.
The creche is not registered, so social workers have been telling the the principal that it should be registered but it fell on deaf ears. She has a conditional certificate of 2015 and 2016, she sat on that certificate from 2016.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC - Gauteng social development
When you get a conditional certificate you are told that this is temporary, only for one year and therefore you have to comply so that you can get a permanent certificate. These are the kind of things that happen when early childhood development spaces are not registered...— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC - Gauteng social development
Mayathula-Khoza says the crèche will be closed down. The MEC says parents who have spoken to her insist that the principal was aware of the abuse.
We have decided that this creche is going to be closed.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC - Gauteng social development
The principal says she has not been aware but I have just spoken to the parents and they say that the principal is aware. One parent says their child arrived home with injuries and when she reported it to the principal, the principal did nothing and said the child fell from a swing. It seems the principal is playing victim.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC - Gauteng social development
It seems the principal is playing victim, to her it is a business, it is a money making scheme.— Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC - Gauteng social development
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