Former Phalaborwa Daycare Centre Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison


PHALABORWA- The former owner of Tjiff en Tjaff daycare in Phalaborwa was sentenced to five years in prison in the Phalaborwa Magistrate’s court on Thursday,  February 18.

Elize Janse van Rensburg (56) was also declared further declared unsuitable to work with children and she won’t be able to operate a preschool or work at a school or institution which deals with kids ever again. She was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Her sentence followed a conviction of Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, where she allegedly assaulted a 3-year old coloured baby boy who was a learner at her daycare center.

On Wednesday afternoon of the 6th of September 2017 the mother of the young victim visited the daycare center and was met by her crying child who complained that he was assaulted. She inspected the child and observed bruises on his buttocks and ears. She immediately contacted the police.

Janse van Rensburg confessed that she assaulted the boy with an electric cable, however, the motives were never disclosed. She was sentenced to five years direct imprisonment without the option of a fine.

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