Nelly Senwametsi has been sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting children at the creche she was employed at. NGOs and Human Rights groups are not happy with the sentence, as they wanted her to get at least 10 years.
News of Senwametsi’s abuse of children broke out after videos of her beating 3 toddlers went viral on social media last year in April.
NGO, Women and Men Against Child Abuse expressed their disappointment over the sentencing of a minimum of 5 years in prison.
“The judge deviated without any exceptional circumstances from what the legislature has deemed as a minimum sentence. That for us as an organisation shows the minimisation that society views physical abuse of children,”
The organisation wanted Senwametsi to receive a longer minimum sentence in order to send a strong message to other perpetrators of violence against children
“The sentence of 5 years literally minimised the experience of the children, minimised the lifelong trauma, minimised the experience of the parents having to deal with the children,”
The organisation feared the long-term impact of abuse that the children would have to face for the rest of their lives.
One parent expressed their disappointment with the sentence but they said they were at least happy that Senwametsi had been sentenced to some jail time.
“We are also disappointed as parents but at least we can accept that sentence. As long as she’s in jail and it will send a strong message to all the caregivers of our children. We send children there to be cared for and we love our children but if they are going to beat them up like this we won’t tolerate that,”
She said some parents are now anxious and have been traumatised by the abuse that their children faced. Some parents have gone as far as removing their children from the creche Senwametsi worked at.
“Even for the other parents, especially the ones whose children appear on the videos, it’s traumatising for them as well,”
“There are only 3 children on the video but it’s evident that all the children were abused. It’s only that we don’t have proof,”
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