MEC apologises to burn boy’s family

COMFORT AND CARE: Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi talks to burn victim Siya Tyika, 3, while his grandmother, Nomabali Tyika, looks on. Picture: HENDRICK MPHANDE
COMFORT AND CARE: Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi talks to burn victim Siya Tyika, 3, while his grandmother, Nomabali Tyika, looks on. Picture: HENDRICK MPHANDE

EASTERN Cape Social Development MEC Nancy Sihlwayi has apologised to the family of a three-year-old boy who was badly scalded with boiling water at the Zwide Pre-Primary School last week.

The MEC was in Nelson Mandela Bay as part of a mission to engage stakeholders on issues such as early childhood and the establishment of a centre of excellence for women in the metro.

“We heard what happened. The creche falls under my office. On behalf of the government, I would like to say we are sorry.

“There is clear policy with regard to children and the perpetrator will have to tell the truth,” Sihlwayi said. On Monday last week, Siya Tyika was scalded with boiling water which melted the top layer of the skin on his feet and caused blisters on the sides of his feet.

The little boy’s parents allege that Siya’s class teacher deliberately burnt his feet to punish him for soiling his pants.

Teacher Siphokazi Dlaku, 26, was arrested last week on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

She appeared in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court where she was released on warning. – Hendrick Mphande

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