Nthabiseng Nhlapo is a woman who was accused of assaulting her toddler in a video that went viral.
According to reports, she targeted the child to spite the little one’s father.
The video shows her assaulting her child as a way to express her anger towards the child’s father.
The incident caused a lot of outrage and condemnation on social media.
The disturbing video was first posted by a Facebook user named Gillian Mogale.
In the post, Mogale identified Nhlapo as a woman she knows and claimed she had allegedly recorded herself assaulting the toddler as some sadistic warning to her partner, whom she reportedly shares the child with.
Neither Nhlapo nor the boyfriend, a man known only as Mxolisi Scorch has reacted to the online backlash at the time of publishing this article.
Is Nthabiseng Nhlapo dead?
According to reports on social media, police have denied the suicide of the woman who was caught on camera kicking her baby in a viral video.
Mavela Masondo, a spokesperson for the Gauteng police, told Sunday World on Thursday August 17 that the reports that the woman who was seen kicking her baby in the video is dead are false.
He also said that there is no report of a suicide in the police force and that the investigation into the child abuse and assault case is still ongoing.
Masondo added that the child has been taken out of Nhlapo’s care and has been handed over to the Provincial Department of Social Development for placement.
Earlier, she said that the mother appeared in court in Johannesburg and was released, as the SAPS had first collected both parents’ cellphones for further investigation.
This is where the quarrel began between Nthabiseng Nhlapo & her baby daddy. pic.twitter.com/fYMrXxXeJF
— ✊🏾Kasi Parliament ✊🏾 (@ParasMapetla) August 8, 2023
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