Two nabbed after beating toddler in S African robbery

09:22, April 26, 2010      

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South African police have arrested two people for beating a one-year-old baby and a helper in a house robbery in Johannesburg, in a case which as caused widespread reaction in South Africa.

On Friday Nomvula Mokonyane, the premier of South African Gauteng province, said she was shocked by the attack on the one- year-old child and her helper.

News of the incident featured on the front pages of most newspapers in Johannesburg on Friday, and there were regular updates broadcast on radio and television throughout the weekend.

The toddler was severely beaten, along with helper Francina Sekhu, in a house robbery on Thursday.

On Sunday, Liezel Furlong, spokeswoman for the Sandton Medi-Clinic in northern Johannesburg, said the girl remained in a serious but stable condition.

Sekhu was being treated for serious head injuries in a hospital in Southern Johannesburg.

On Sunday Gauteng police Eugene Opperman told the South African Press Association (SAPA) about the arrests.

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