A woman in Soweto, Kayole has been arrested after burning her child’s hands on a gas burner.
The child is said to have stolen a five shilling tamarind (Ukwaju) from a kiosk in the area.
The mother got angry after the kiosk owner allegedly called her, hulling insults at her for her child’s action.
“She told the child to put her hands on the burner and every time she removed them because of pain she pushed her back. The mother even threatened to stab anyone who tried to save the baby.” Said a neighbor
The child who sustained serious burns on both hands was rushed to the hospital.
Neighbors also report that the child’s father who was around when the incident happened did not take any action.