A six-year-old-boy was found chained by his hands and legs and
locked up with chickens in Osizweni township in Newcastle, The
Mercury newspaper reported on Monday.
A concerned neighbour alerted police after he heard the boy's
cry for help.
Inspector Sydney Mtshali of Osizweni police station said he
broke the door down and found the boy chained by his hands and
legs. He said the boy was kept with chickens.
"I heard the hysterical cry for help from the boy, who was
locked up and chained in the house by his foster mother who had
left home to queue for her pension grant," the neighbour told the
Mtshali said the boy was scared, shaking and dirty. A social
worker took him to hospital.
He had never been to school and had been in an orphanage before
he was taken in by the foster mother, Mtshali said.
"I have just seen some boys and girls my age in their nice
uniforms on their way to school. Gogo has always been promising
take me to school but I don't [know] why she has chained me like
this today," the boy was quoted as saying.
The boy said his foster mother had beaten him with a pipe or a
big stick but had never chained him up before.
The paper wrote that when the 72-year-old woman was asked why
she had chained the boy, she said; "This child is very troublesome.
I decided to lock him up because I did not want him to leave."
The boy's foster mother appeared before the Madadeni
Magistrate's Court on charges of child abuse on Friday and was out
|Address:||Osizweni township in Newcastle|
|Crime Date/Time:||17 Jan 2010, 00:01 AM|
|Reported By:||Report A Crime|
|Reported Date:||17 Jan 2010, 00:01 AM|