The Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society have confirmed that the case has been assigned to their office in relation to the neglect and abuse case of an 8-year-old child. Speaking to Indian Spice, social work manager Jo Moodley stated that the matter had come to their attention earlier this week after the child had been brought in to the police station. The welfare office had expedited a medical examination of the child to assess his injuries. An interview was conducted thereafter with the father, ensuring he knew his and the child’s rights in relation to pursuing criminal charges against the alleged abuser.
In terms of the involvement of Tongaat Child and family welfare society in the case regarding Keval, we are the designated Child Protection Agency for the Tongaat area and as such started working with the child and the family as soon as the matter came to our attention early this week. We liaised with the clinic to undertake an immediate medical examination of the child concerned. We thereafter conducted an interview with both the biological father and the child concerned. We have informed the father of his rights and responsibilities in terms of liaising with SAPS in respect of criminal charges and pursuing such.Jo Moodley, Social Work Manager
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The 8-year-old has been placed in the care of his father during the investigation of the matter. In her statement, she further added “The child concerned is currently in the care of his biological father and is deemed to be in a safe environment. We will continue with trauma counselling with the child concerned and offer support to all members of the family so that they can move forward from this incident.”
Moodley also expressed gratitude to the community for their concern over the case but wants to remind the public to exercise caution with their social media posts. She said, “Tongaat child and Family welfare society undertakes to ensure the safety and protection of all children in our community. In the process of advocating on behalf of the child, we also appreciate the assistance received from concerned community members. Whilst we thank you for your concern, we urge members of the public to be guarded and refrain from posting names and pictures of children involved as this compromises the investigation that is being undertaken, as well as the emotional wellbeing of the child and their reintegration into society post the incident. We do however urge members of the public to follow the proper channels and platforms of reporting such that the affected may be assisted timeously. “
Kindly contact Social work Manager Jo Moodley on 032 944 1514 to report incidences of abuse. Alternatively, contact Tongaat SAPS on 032 944 9900.
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