Toddler forced to smoke dagga

Cape Town – The four-year-old toddler allegedly forced to smoke dagga by an older brother has been found, the Western Cape social development department said on Wednesday.

“The DSD (Department of Social Development) ministry was yesterday (Tuesday) made aware of a 17-year-old teenager who had posted pictures on social media of him allegedly coercing his four-year-old sister to smoke marijuana,” social development MEC Albert Fritz said in a statement.

“Our social workers from the metro south regional office were immediately activated and launched an investigation to try to track the whereabouts of the toddler, made difficult given the lack of information and an address.”

He said social workers found the four-year-old’s location on Wednesday and approached the child’s mother to intervene.

The police have been asked to assist in the situation because of the 17-year-old’s alleged gang connections, Fritz said.

The department was probing the matter as well as working with police to track down the teenager.