A woman in South Africa has been arrested after videos surfaced appearing to show a person hitting children and forcing them to clean.
One clip shows a woman shouting at a girl who appears to have vomited, before hitting her on the head.
The footage was filmed in Johannesburg a year ago but has re-emerged, the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani reports.
Local media report that some parents have removed their children from the nursery since seeing the viral post.
As well as hitting the young child, the woman is also seen smacking her on her bottom and repeatedly asking her: “Why are you vomiting? Why?”
Twitter users were quick to condemn the woman. One person replied “my heart sank”, while another posted: “Wow you don’t understand how much this brings tears to my eyes, poor baby.”
Some also questioned why the person filming failed to step in and stop the beatings.
One of the strongest social media responses came from the regional education minister, Panyaza Lesufi, who was tagged in the video.
“Disgusting!!! I couldn’t even finish watching it!” he wrote, before tagging his colleagues and adding: “Let’s hunt this creche! I am [on] standby to pounce just get details.”
The South African Department of Social Development also tweeted about the incident, saying they “condemn the abuse of children” before appealing for more information.Skip Twitter post by @GovernmentZAView image on Twitter
.@The_DSD condemns the abuse of children and wish to ask members of the public to identify the Crèche and the care-giver who is seen forcing toddlers to clean their classroom while meeting out the harshest punishment to the child.2334:48 AM – Apr 4, 2019278 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacyReport
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Officials from the organisation also reportedly visited the school on Thursday to carry out an assessment.
A lawyer for the nursery told Eyewitness News tha