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According to a SAPS report, “Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma is shocked over allegations of abuse leveled against a 40-year-old grandmother.”

Reports state that on 14 February, at around 15:30, a member of the public found a Grade 1 learner walking alone on the streets wearing school uniform. The boy was reportedly taken back to the school where he went inside and hid in one of the classrooms.  

According to reports, a teacher who was busy locking up allegedly saw him and asked why he wasn’t home. According to the SAPS statement, “the boy related the story of being constantly abused and assaulted by his own grandmother. The teacher informed fellow teachers who were still at school and the police were immediately summoned.”

Police responded quickly, they found the boy with his teachers he had severe bruises all over his body. A case of assault with an intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm was opened against his 40-year-old grandmother.

The SAPS report further stated, “A further probe by police revealed that the victim was allegedly assaulted with an axe and was even afraid to ever set his foot at home because of the experience endured, hence he opted to rather sleep in the classroom than to be in the hands of his own grandma.”

“The child was taken to Mayflower Clinic where they deemed it fit to transfer him to Embhuleni Hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries. Social Workers were notified about the incident as well and after being discharged from the hospital, the victim will be placed at a temporary Place of Safety where he will be under the supervision of the Social Workers.”

“Whilst the victim was receiving medical attention, police immediately assigned the case docket to Elukwatini Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) who arrested the woman hence her Court appearance on Tuesday 19 February, at the Mayflower Periodical Court.”

The suspect was released on R500 bail and her case is postponed to 30 March 2020 for further investigation.