To shut down illegal crèches, City of Johannesburg health and social development MMC Mpho Phalatse along with city officials have been raiding pre-schools in the inner city on Wednesday.
The raids come on the back of two toddlers dying after ingesting rat poisoning at an unregistered Westdene crèche earlier this month.
To discuss the raids, Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show chats to Phalatse.
We visited six early childhood development (ECD) facilities today. The first one that we visited is a model ECD facility because we wanted everyone to have an idea of what such a facility should look. Then we visited five others that were not on the city's database and still need to go through the compliance process.— Mpho Phalatse, Health and social development MMC - City of Johannesburg
She adds that the visits highlighted some of the conditions that children go through.
It is disheartening to see the conditions under which some of these children go through. There is overcrowding, fire safety consideration, and we found different arrays of problems in these ECD facilities.— Mpho Phalatse, Health and social development MMC - City of Johannesburg
Notices have been issued, and some ECD facilities were urged to close down and fix certain things before re-opening, Phalatse notes.
We need to balance the need for ECD facilities in the City of Johannesburg, considering that the government doesn't offer ECD facilities yet, with the children's health and safety requirements.— Mpho Phalatse, Health and social development MMC - City of Johannesburg
Listen below to the full interview: