Cape Town – Johannesburg residents are angered about an apparent child abuse incident that took place in broad daylight.
According to a report, a mother was seen beating her child at the Fourways Gardens Shopping Centre on Wednesday.
According to the shopsco-owner Kyri Tjirkos, a restaurant patron witnessed the woman beating her son while trying to feed him.
“The boy wasn’t eating properly, maybe he didn’t want the food, and the woman became frustrated and began to smack [the boy] across the head and try to force-feed him,” Tjirkos told reporters.
“A man sitting nearby approached her, and I think at that point she lost complete control. She began swearing at the people watching her, hitting the child more and even overturned one of the tables, breaking the plates that were on it,” said Tjirkos.
Following the incident co-owner Tyrone Dewitt and Tjirkos had a discussion with the woman’s husband about the regular customer’s behaviour in an effort to ensure the child’s safety.
“It was shocking and, as a father myself, I don’t care about what people may be saying about the restaurant – the thing that matters to me is the boy’s well-being. And while we are trying to work with his father, if his response to this is not appropriate, I myself, will take measures to do what’s best for the child with authorities,” Tjirkos told reporters.