Baby dies at unregistered crèche as gov department appeals daycare death ruling

The Western Cape Social Development Department plans to appeal a High Court ruling that found it responsible for the death of a baby at a Pinelands creche.

Earlier this month, the court ruled that the department and the daycare centre are jointly to blame for the death of a baby at an unregistered facility in 2010.

Read: Social Development to clamp down on illegal daycare centres

Five-month-old Ava Barley accidentally asphyxiated after she rolled off a bed at the Pinelands facility, seven years ago.

A judge ruled that the department's failure to register the illegal daycare centre contributed to the infant's death.

The department was ordered to pay damages to baby Ava's parents.

Also read: Parents waiting on WC Social Development's next move after daycare death ruling

In a separate case, the department is also investigating the death of 11-month-old Israel Williams.

He died at an unregistered day care facility in Hangberg in Hout Bay last week.

It's still unclear what led to the death of baby Israel, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

Department officials claim that the creche was in the process of being registered since last year.

Take a listen to the EWN update:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Parents waiting on WC Social Development's next move after daycare death ruling

Parents waiting on WC Social Development's next move after daycare death ruling

Legal attorney Chris Smith says baby Ava's parents are waiting on the department in order to negotiate a settlement agreement.

Social Development to clamp down on illegal daycare centres

Social Development to clamp down on illegal daycare centres

This follows a recent court ruling on Ava Barley's case, the five-month-old baby that died at a Cape Town daycare centre in 2010.

Wolwerivier's only creche forced to close

Wolwerivier's only creche forced to close

Sunshine Educare faces closure over non-compliant structure rules, but the creche founder and City officials don't see eye to eye.

Be aware that children can drown in only a few centimetres of water

Be aware that children can drown in only a few centimetres of water

The 6 year old who drowned on a construction site, a wake up call about how easily accidental child drownings can happen.

Children from Sunbeam Crèche could end up on the streets if creche closes

Children from Sunbeam Crèche could end up on the streets if creche closes

Sunbeam Crèche in Westlake faces possible closure due to overcrowding. They need help to continue caring for vulnerable children.

Popular articles
We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

We're not just cyclists - CT man turns punch-up with driver into safety message

He was punched in the face by a motorist last week and tracked the driver down for a meet-up, instead of laying charges.

7 suspects arrested in Joburg heist

7 suspects arrested in Joburg heist

EWN Reporter Barry Batemen says eight people including two bystanders were hurt in the heist.

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

[WATCH] The spectacular moment AB de Villiers bent the laws of physics

The world now knows never to underestimate the athletic form of SA cricketer AB de Villiers after this gravity-defying catch.

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

What's better than sex with your partner? Sex with YOURSELF! #MasturbationMonth

It's time to dim the light, lie back, relax and enjoy a bit of one-on-one time - with yourself!

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

Another heist was carried out in Boksburg on Thursday morning and led to five people being arrested.

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Blind athlete sues popular winery after guide dog barred entry

Paralympian Hendri Herbst will take Durbanville Hills to court after his guide dog was denied entry inside the restaurant in 2014.

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

Health Minister proposes scrapping of medical aid co-payments

The eradication of medical aid co-payments is one of a number of changes to the medical aid scheme proposed by Aaron Motsoaledi.

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

[LISTEN] Is it Yanny or Laurel? Test your ears!

What's Gone Viral with Khabazela brings you tweets, posts and YouTube videos that have social media talking.