Former caregiver Nellie Senwametsi was sentenced to five years imprisonment on Tuesday. She was found guilty at the Carletonville Magistrate’s Court of assaulting minors under her care.
Senwametsi, who was captured on video beating children at the Ninnie’s Neurons Nursery School where she was employed, was convicted of one count of aggravated assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm on three minors.
According to EWN, magistrate Jan Steyn who handed down the sentence declared that the 40-year-old was unsuitable to work with children. Her name will be entered onto the children offenders list.
The magistrate said: “I strayed from the prescribed minimum sentence of 10 years because she is remorseful and intends to apologise to the families of the children.”
Three videos, which surfaced in April last year, sparked nationwide outrage as they showed the former caregiver repeatedly slapping the children across the face and on their heads. On one occasion, she forced a child to clean up her own vomit.
She also grabbed a minor by the collar and threw him onto a carpet.