Social Development to clamp down on illegal daycare centres

MEC for Social Development in the Western Cape, Albert Fritz, says they are doing everything in their power to clamp down on daycare centres that are mushrooming everywhere in the province.

This follows the recent court judgment in the case of Ava Barley, the five-month-old baby who died of asphyxiation after she rolled off a bed at a Cape Town daycare centre in 2010.

The High Court ruled on Friday that the social development department is liable to pay damages to Ava's parents.

Fritz says if needed the department will approach the High Court to close down illegal daycare centres.

The first thing is to assess and see where the people can become compliant to the system.

Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development

Our children's lives cannot be compromised. What if there's a fire because of all those fire regulations that are not being adhered to?

Albert Fritz, MEC for Western Cape Social Development

Fritz says they are talking with municipalities to assist in lowering re-zoning costs. He says that those who open daycare centres should look into getting qualifications and register.

He says money has been put aside to get organisations that will assist people register these centres.

To hear more of this interview with MEC Albert Fritz, listen below:

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