‘My school is cruel’



May 30, 2016
‘My school is cruel’

COMPLAIN: Moegamat Davids. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

Disabled boy accuses his teachers of abuse.

A 10-year-old boy from Lotus River is scared to go back to his special needs care facility because he claims he is being being ill-treated by caregivers.

Moegamat-Noor Davids attends the Friends Day Centre in Maitland, a school for the mentally and physically disabled.

The child told his parents he is being beaten, and caregivers refuse to take him to the toilet; last week he came home with soiled underwear.

Moegamat-Noor was born with hydrocephalus, a disease which causes swelling on the brain through excess fluid, resulting in an abnormally large head.

The wheelchair-bound boy has been at the facility for just over a year, where the monthly fees are R1 350.

His mother Imaan, 37, says he came home with a vuil onderbroek on Wednesday.

“My son came home with popo in his pants that was dried out and they at the school should know how to clean the children properly. I went to their office and the manager said she would speak to the staff,” she says.

Moegamat-Noor now refuses to go back to school.

“They didn’t want to take me to the toilet and told me I must wait, and then I made a mess on the toilet floor. The teacher told a disabled girl in my class to clean it up,” he tells Daily Voice.

Imaan claims teachers dislike her child because he piemps them.

“Most of the children at the facility cannot speak so (the caregivers) do little things, like deny them toilet paper. The driver has hit my son a few times. My child can speak and communicates fine. Parents must please be careful. My son could tell me what was going on, but not all children are able to do that,” says Imaan.

But centre manager Celeste Abrahams says the allegations are untrue.

“Moegamat repeats what is spoken in the conversations of those around him and a part of his brain does not understand what is spoken. This is part of his disability and his parents have a hard time acknowledging this,” says Abrahams.

Spokesperson for social development MEC Albert Fritz, Sihle Ngobese, confirmed the facility is registered with the department, and urged people with complaints to contact the DSD Hotline on 0800 220 250.

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