Two babies die at unregistered crèche in South Africa

Two babies die at unregistered crèche in South Africa

Families are demanding answer after two babies died same day and within hours of each other at an unregistered crèche in Southernwood, East London, South Africa.

According to TimesLive report published on Thursday, September 9, the children, Ezam Makhabane aged five months, and Kwahlelwa Ndongeni aged six months, died under mysterious circumstances after being in the care of the crèche and rushed to hospital last Tuesday.

Provincial health department head, Dr Rolene Wagner said the babies had been declared dead on arrival at Frere Hospital.

The families said the babies had died at the crèche. No ambulances were called and the owner of crèche did not call the parents to inform them of the deaths.

Eastern Cape department of social development spokesperson, Mzukisi Solani said the unregistered crèche was shut on Wednesday, September 8, after social workers allegedly found it was filthy and lacked an educational programme. They recommended closure as the place was a health hazard.

It is not clear what condition the infants were in when they were taken to Frere Hospital, one by a taxi, and the second by the same taxi which was recalled by the owner for the delivery of a second child to the hospital.

When contacted for comment, the owner confirmed the “incidents” and that the crèche took care of 30 children. She would not comment on the registration status of the crèche or what had happened.

"This is a difficult time for us but I will tell you everything once I receive the autopsy reports from the police,” she said.

Ezam’s grieving father, Khanya Makhabane said: “This is painful because the woman [owner] is not telling us what happened before my baby was taken to hospital, and why she didn’t call an ambulance.

"She didn’t tell us that there was another child of almost the same age who died at almost the same time. We won’t rest until we get answers.”Latest Post